Maymorn residents count the storm cost

Maymorn residents take in the scale of the storm damage to their private driveway. "A big pot hole appeared and then ...
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Maymorn residents take in the scale of the storm damage to their private driveway. "A big pot hole appeared and then there was a massive noise and it was just swept away."

The washing away of a river culvert on a private road in Upper Hutt has left residents with plenty to do before things can get back to anything like normal.

Forty people from 12 properties were suddenly left without vehicle access to Maymorn Rd after a 27-year-old corrugated iron culvert on their driveway was destroyed in the July 13 storm.

"It just couldn't handle it," resident Hamish Graham said.

The first of three isolated vehicles is ready to cross a neighbour's property to gain access to Maymorn Waters and Upper ...
COLIN WILLIAMS/STUFF

The first of three isolated vehicles is ready to cross a neighbour's property to gain access to Maymorn Waters and Upper Hutt.

"First a big pot hole appeared and then there was a massive noise and it was just swept away."

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"It must have got blocked, obstructed badly, and then the power of the water just went over the top," Kevin Blair said.

Some services, including water supply, were lost. These were reconnected the next day.

The damaged culvert, in a dip on the several hundred metre driveway off Maymorn Rd, is more than 10 metres wide and five metres deep.  Its construction will be a big and possibly lengthy job.

The driveway damage meant the residents' only access from their homes is by foot and requiring the use of a property which fronts their road and also has a boundary to the Maymorn Waters subdivision to the east.

The first of three stranded cars was moved across this property on Tuesday morning. They will join the more than a dozen vehicles now permanently parked in Maymorn Waters.

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Although facing many complications to the daily lives, the residents have been buoyed with the news their claim to Earthquake Commission [EQC] has been approved.

"They rang on Monday evening with the confirmation of that," Mary Roberts said.

"We are now waiting for an [EQC] engineer to come out and assess the site but getting that approval was tremendous news for everyone. It totally lifted all our spirits,"

Roberts, who heads the residents' committee, estimated repairs could cost up to $100,000 and take several months.

"We don't know really what's ahead of us but we may have to find a temporary exit and we'll probably have to pay for it.

"Already we are grateful for the support we've received from people in Maymorn Waters, they've been very understanding and encouraging," Roberts said.

The private driveway does not fall under Upper Hutt City Council management with the cost of  upkeep and any improvement shared by the dozen property owners. 

 - Stuff

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