Deluge does little harm
Unseasonal downpours last week led to flooding at the MegaCentre, inches of water on Pataka’s carpets and leaks pouring through the i- Site building ceiling on to tenants.
A car park near Semple St was underwater by about 9.30am on Tuesday. The drains were clear but the amount of water was too much for them, acting Porirua City Council chief executive David Rolfe said.
‘‘ They struggled to cope with the sheer volume of water,’’ he said. ‘‘Another contributor was that silt socks that had been placed around drains in the Semple St area to stop silt entering the harbour while contractors are digging in the area, which prevented the water escaping quickly.
‘‘Once they were removed, the ponding dissipated quite quickly after the deluge.’’
A $ 500,000- a- year stormwater upgrade is under way and infrastructure renewal at the MegaCentre will be considered as part of that, Mr Rolfe said.
‘‘Major weather events like the one on Tuesday help us to assess the priorities and make changes as needed,’’ he said.
Part of Hagley St in front of the police station was also flooded.
Council staff used industrial vacuum cleaners to suck up water covering the floors of Pataka and the central library. No books or artworks were damaged.
‘‘The library’s flood was caused by the sump outside being blocked with leaves, sticks and other matter,’’ Mr Rolfe says. ‘‘Once this was cleared the water soon dissipated.’’
Debris in a gutter also caused water to pour into the i- Site building on Cobham Court, whose tenants include Merieni Pacific Island clothes shop and Extreme Dance school.
In Porirua East a drain overflowed a metre into the road in Thompson Gr.
Titahi Bay Four Square was again flooded due to a blocked drain behind the shop. Owner Ketan Kansera was confident a soon-to-be-installed council drain would fix the problem for good.
Waterlogged: Flooding near Semple St in MegaCentre during Tuesday morning’s downpour.
Wet work: Four members of Zirka Circus were soaked to the bone while erecting their big top in Takapuwahia on Tuesday.