450 flood repair jobs to take weeks
Porirua City Council is tackling 450 separate repair jobs after recent earthquakes and storms.
Council chief operating officer Tamsin Evans said the bulk of the work to be carried out was in the city’s northern ward.
Whitby, Plimmerton, Paremata and Pauatahanui were particularly affected by floods and slips after heavy rain and a high tide on November 15.
Much of the work done in the immediate aftermath of the storm allowed residents and commuters to get back to a sense of normality, she said.
‘‘We’ve compiled a list of 450 separate jobs that we’ve been attending to and prioritising as a result of the earthquake and storms.
‘‘These relate to slips, damaged roading, tracks, footpaths and drainage infrastructure, blocked drains and popped manhole lids.’’
Evans said several repairs had already been carried out but some, such as the flooding in the Discovery Dr dip outside Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, which caused massive delays through the suburb, would require specialists to assess.
Last night, at its first full council meeting of the year, councillors unanimously agreed to divert $600,000 from savings made this financial year into fixing damage incurred by the slips and floods.
In speaking time at the beginning of the meeting, Whitby Residents Association chairman Geoff Mowday said the gridlock created by flooding in Discovery Dr needed to be fixed this summer.
‘‘This is not a new problem, but it’s not on any council budget [to fix],’’ he said. ‘‘It needs to be in the capital works programme [and] there must be a traffic management plan in the event of another occurrence.’’
As well as the $600,000 increase for the repairs, a council financial report highlighted that the $540,000 annual budget for stormwater and wastewater renewals was inadequate and an extra $1.2 million was required.
This included a $650,000 to upgrade the Mohuia Cres system and $250,000 for Mana Esplanade.
Critical water pipeline renewals were up $300,000 this year, to $620,000.
The council, Ministry of Education and Porirua School officials were also in discussion about the flooding issues that hit the school twice in a week last month.
Major flooding occurred outside Palmers Gardenworld in Plimmerton on November 15.