Slips, floods, chaos for Porirua, again
Porirua suffered major flooding that left commuters stranded, shut schools and generally caused chaos in the west and north of the city last Tuesday.
Commuter chaos started early on Tuesday morning as slips in Paremata and a flooded Plimmerton roundabout slowed, and eventually stopped, traffic.
Roads were closed as further slips and flooding in Tawa, Plimmerton and opposite Whenua Tapu Cemetery on SH1 threatened houses and made driving dangerous.
Residents in Pauatahanui said the flooding was the worst they had ever experienced and SH58 was affected for many days following,
Commuters were told to stay in Porirua and Wellington until at least 8pm when contractors hoped to clear slips.
Acts of kindness were recorded all over Porirua as neighbours helped one another, emergency services went above and beyond the call of duty, food was given out for free and volunteers turned up to divert mudslides and flooding.
Porirua City Council general manager of policy, planning and regulatory services James Jefferson said there was not as much rain as there had been during previous storms.
But a king tide and a number of slips hampered efforts to keep roads cleared.
‘‘This was my first major event as a controller and I felt well supported by our partners like WREMO, police, Ministry of Education and others. These are relationships that have stood the test of time,’’ Jefferson said.
Porirua Mayor Mike Tana said a review would be carried out next year on the flooding response as part of the council’s long term planning.
He was glad Porirua got off relatively unscathed from the flooding.
After speaking with businesses on Monday after the earthquake, he had had a cup of tea with a resident on Tuesday and they watched her drains fill up during heavy rain.
‘‘With the earthquake and then this weather, it was a testing time,’’ Tana said.
‘‘It was a learning exercise for me and I tried to add value where I could.’’
He said social media had a big part to play during the emergency and he hoped for a co-ordinated council response on Facebook and Twitter the next time something happened.
Chaos at the Plimmerton roundabout.