Del­uge does lit­tle harm

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

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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

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.

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