450 flood re­pair jobs to take weeks

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

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.

PHOTO: ELEANOR CATER

Ma­jor flood­ing oc­curred out­side Palmers Gar­den­world in Plim­mer­ton on Novem­ber 15.

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