...is bet­ter than a cure


Lawrence-Tuapeka Com­mu­nity Board mem­bers were adamant had the wa­ter been con­tained, none of the flood­ing would have oc­curred in their town.

Prob­lems caused by over­flow­ing creeks, par­tic­u­larly Weather­stons Creek dur­ing the July flood, were dis­cussed at the com­mu­nity board meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

This led to the clo­sure of two cafes be­cause of flood dam­age. They had re­mained closed while re­pairs were be­ing car­ried out.

Otago Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Bodeker, who at­tended the meet­ing, said staff were work­ing to­wards clear­ing veg- eta­tion, par­tic­u­larly wil­lows. DOC had also acted in ar­eas within its ju­ris­dic­tion. There would be on­go­ing dis­cus­sion about op­tions to di­vert wa­ter flow from the Weather­stons Creek, to avoid wa­ter build­ing up in the Irvine St ditch.

Nearby Hospi­tal Creek also caused is­sues. The cul­vert un­der State High­way 8/White­haven St was in­ef­fec­tive dur­ing the flood, and washed out the pave­ment by the old Lawrence swim­ming pool. The coun­cil will look at op­tions to rec­tify this sit­u­a­tion in the fu­ture.

Ero­sion to the bridge foun­da­tions at Lawrence’s northern en­trance on the state high­way was also men­tioned, which would be a NZ Trans­port Agency mat­ter.

The flood-de­bri line near Weather­stons Creek at Lawrence.

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