The same flood-prone homes and businesses in Christchurch were hit again last night and today.
Some areas around the Heathcote River near the Port Hills have always been flood prone but the earthquakes have exacerbated problems.
Other areas in Mairehau and Shirley have experienced new frequency of flooding in moderate rain due to land slumping across entire neighbourhoods.
Hillside suburbs are also experiencing problems from water runoff.
Many of the flood-hit homeowners in Flockton St, Mairehau face slow deterioration in the condition and value of houses.
Shops at Edgeware in St Albans are employing sand bags with limited success.
Overnight, 33 streets were closed and traffic remains slow on some arterial routes where ponding covers the road.
According to a city council media statement – “If you believe there is a risk to life, call 111 and self-evacuate.”
Mayor Lianne Dalziel recently called for some homes to be red zoned but Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the council must come up with a solution.
Meanwhile, Ms Dalziel has initiated a task force dedicated to improving the situation ahead of a multi-million works programme aimed at alleviating flooding which will take two years.
The task force is to report to the council in three weeks, setting out options.
They may include temporary options such as water-proofing the first metre of flood-prone building with temporary flood barriers and installing non-return valves on sewer connections.
The task force will focus on flood-prone areas such as Shirley (Flockton Basin), Woolston, Heathcote Valley, Lyttelton and Little River.
Significant flooding damaging homes and businesses has occurred in June 2013, March 5, April 18, and April 29, 2014.
These inundations were initially described by authorities as one in 100-year events.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- Housing NZ directors get 63% pay hike
- Chief Justice Elias and hubby Fletcher hit with wet bus ticket over stock in lake
- PayPal ‘on shaky ground’ as it pulls service from second Netflix unblocker popular with Kiwis
- New dairy trading platform signs on Westland Milk
- Gareth Morgan wades into Awaroa beach
Most listened to
- Green party co-leader James Shaw and Business NZ's John Carnegie go head-to-head on the ETS review
- Cream Trading CEO Kevin O'Sullivan on why dairy companies might want to sign up to the new trading platform
- Paul Brislen on the merits of "cutting off the money" versus Netflix' technical attempts to shut-out unblockers
- Westpac's Dominick Stephens says dairy prices are still a major concern, despite El Niño fears fading
- London School of Economics Professor John Kay discusses financial regulatory shortcomings