Disaster jobs for floods continue
A special Porirua City Council recovery team has been created to focus on repairing the city’s areas damaged by flooding, slips and the earthquake last month.
The council initially reported nearly 450 separate jobs but this number has dropped to 326, Porirua mayor Mike Tana said.
Of these, half have already been dealt with and a quarter have had initial work completed but will require longer term fixes.
‘‘The remaining jobs are minor and we plan to have assessments on them all completed by Christmas,’’ Tana said.
As well as responding to the requests for service, council staff and contractors have individually visited 120 properties, he said.
‘‘Although Porirua has come out relatively unscathed compared to other parts of the region, the events of mid-November have had a large impact on some people, buildings, roads and infrastructure.
‘‘We understand that it’s frustrating for people who are waiting for slips and repairs to be completed in their areas.
‘‘The council and contractors are still working through all of the jobs created by those events and we ask that people continue to be patient.’’
Council chief operating officer Tamsin Evans said the earthquake and heavy rain led to a high number of slips.
Geotechnical engineers continue to assess the slips to identify how they occurred, what the future risks might be and what the options for remedial work are, she said.
Council staff have prioritised slips that have an immediate impact on people and that compromise a property or road.
A council recovery team had been established to focus on that work, Evans said.
‘‘This week, letters will be sent out to those residents affected by major land slips, which will outline who will be involved with repairs, such as the council, NZ Transport Agency or the private landowner,’’ she said.
‘‘Once full assessments have been completed, we will be back in touch with proposed solutions and an outline of the next steps.’’
The full cost to Porirua was still to be determined but the council agreed on November 30 to use $600,000 from savings made this financial year towards flood and earthquake repairs.