Flood­ing still an is­sue

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On Thurs­day, May 14 flood­ing oc­curred in Hume St, Alice­town.

Wa­ter came in from the road down my drive­way flood­ing my com­plete sec­tion and garage and front porch.

The wa­ter was about 10cm from com­ing into my house.

Some fur­ni­ture was marked by the wa­ter and doc­u­ments I had in the garage ru­ined.

This is not the first, sec­ond or third time it has hap­pened; it’s an on­go­ing prob­lem.

The Hutt City Coun­cil know about the prob­lem. A few years ago some­one spoke Bruce Sher­lock, GM City In­fra­struc­ture replies: Lower Hutt ex­pe­ri­enced an un­usu­ally high level of rain­fall on May 14, with 96 mm of rain­fall fall­ing over a 24hr pe­riod, 48 mm fall­ing be­tween 11am and mid­day.

HCC sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased its fund­ing for stormwa­ter works in re­sponse to storms in 2004 and 2005, and as a re­sult, given the vol­ume of rain­fall, we were gen­er­ally pleased with the over­all city-wide per­for­mance of the drainage sys­tem.

We will be con­duct­ing a full re­view of this lat­est storm event, but at this stage we ex­pect that any in­fra­struc­ture works iden­ti­fied will be able to be man­aged within ex­ist­ing bud­gets.

On Hume St: The coun­cil spent $420,000 in 2008/2009 to im­prove drainage in the area.

We are glad to see that th­ese works meant that flood wa­ter did not en­ter Mr Oliver’s house, even in last week’s ex­treme event.

Coun­cil does have pro­vi­sion in its cur­rent LTP for fur­ther works in this area, and the tim­ing of th­ese works will be con­sid­ered as part of the re­view.

As to Mr Oliver’s points about fund­ing of events, HCC’s vi­sion is to make the city a great place to live, work and play.

Coun­cil has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the things that make a city func­tion the roads, parks, wa­ter and waste col­lec­tion and ap­prox­i­mately 75 per cent of the bud­get is set aside for in­fra­struc­ture projects and main­te­nance.

But coun­cil also has re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties like pools, li­braries, mu­se­ums and events – things that en­hance the cul­tural fab­ric of the city.

Re­cent Com­mu­ni­trak sur­vey re­sults in­di­cate that al­most two thirds of house­holds in Lower Hutt took part in coun­cil man­aged events in the last year and sat­is­fac­tion lev­els for such events were close to 98 per cent.

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