Relief from floods may be in sight for school

KRIS DANDO
Last updated 09:50 12/08/2014

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Maraeroa School may get its $675,000 respite from flooding sooner rather than later.

After heavy rain, water often runs down into the school driveway from Driver Cres. The school has suffered major flooding regularly since 2009, with classrooms often unusable.

It has been estimated the Ministry of Education has spent $180,000 fixing water damage at Maraeroa since 2011.

After initially blaming the ministry for the problem, Porirua City Council admitted last year to consenting a 400-millimetre stormwater pipe from Porirua College to connect to a 300-millimetre pipe above Driver Cres in 2008. The smaller pipe could not cope with the extra flow, causing manhole covers to lift and overwhelming the network.

A report to council's Te Komiti meeting last week recommended that design work on a new pipe between Porirua College and Cannons Creek be done this year but the physical work would not happen until the 2016/17 financial year.

It will cost an estimated $675,000 to site new detention tanks and put in new pipes.

When asked by councillors if the project could be brought forward, the council's general manager of asset management and operations, Peter Bailey, said this year's stormwater upgrade programme had already been set out.

Councillor Ken Douglas said priorities needed to be changed.

"There are pipe upgrades to be done in Lambley Rd [Titahi Bay] and although that's my part of the city, I see Maraeroa as more important," he said.

Councillors agreed that the two items on the Te Komiti agenda referring to Porirua stormwater upgrades and Maraeroa School would be deferred until the next meeting, so Mr Bailey's team could see if the upgrades could be carried out sooner.

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