Flood calls for re­pair

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Wide­spread flood­ing last week high­lighted the des­per­ate need for Porirua City Coun­cil’s planned $4 mil­lion stormwa­ter up­grades.

A block of Ti­tahi Bay shops on White­house Rd were an inch un­der water last Tues­day morn­ing af­ter a tor­ren­tial down­pour on Mon­day night dumped 35 millil­itres of water on the city.

Ti­tahi Bay Four Square owner Ke­tan Kansera called the Ti­tahi Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade in to help suck up the flood which de­stroyed a lot of stock on low shelves and in a store­room.

White­house Su­perette owner Priyanka Phar, who lives above her shop, worked from 11.30pm un­til 3am to clear the flood­ing, which oc­curs about five times a year, she said.

The flood­ing is caused by a drain be­hind the Four Square, which blocks and over­flows dur­ing heavy rain.

The coun­cil’s man­ager of waste and water ser­vices John Gibbs said Ti­tahi Bay is a pri­or­ity in the coun­cil’s stormwa­ter up­grades, a pro­posed $4m, 10-year project.

Ti­tahi Bay is hit par­tic­u­larly hard by heavy rain be­cause so much land is taken up by ‘‘in­fill hous­ing’’ – sub­di­vi­sions which cre­ate hard sur­faces like paving where water can no longer drain away, Mr Gibbs said.

How­ever, the whole of Porirua suf­fers from over­stressed drainage never de­signed to deal with to­day’s pop­u­la­tion lev­els, and cli­mate change is in­creas­ing the fre­quency of heavy rain­storms, he said.

Flood­ing hotspots on Toms Rd and Jil­lett St are sched­uled to be fixed in July, Mr Gibbs said.

Where drains are on pri­vate prop­erty, as in the Ti­tahi Bay Four Square, the coun­cil en­cour­ages own­ers to re­pair their drains, par­tic­u­larly if pri­vate drains cause coun­cil wa­ter­ways to over­flow.

The coun­cil will re­pair a sump ly­ing above the Four Square’s drain which con­trib­utes to the prob­lems there, Mr Gibbs said.

Mean­while, Mary Pot­ter Hospice in Prosser St, Els­don suf­fered a $100,000 destruc­tion of sum­mer stock when the roof of its ware­house and shop par­tially col­lapsed. Hun­dreds of boxes of sum­mer clothes had to be thrown out af­ter be­ing soaked with water and cov­ered with de­bris, man­ager Lynn Blann said.

The shop is in­sured and Mrs Blann hopes do­na­tions will re­place the lost stock be­fore spring.

‘‘I’m sure peo­ple will come to the party over that,’’ she says.

Water woes: Ti­tahi Bay Four Square owner Ke­tan Kansera was left mop­ping up an inch of water af­ter his shop flooded last Mon­day night.

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