Drier Youth Space reopens

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 08/07/2014

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Levin's Youth Space has reopened a week after it was closed because of flooding caused by what a Horowhenua District Council staffer called a "unique rainfall event".

Council property manager Doug Tate said the Youth Space at Te Takere, Levin's library and community centre, reopened yesterday.

It was closed on Tuesday, July 1, after the building's downpipes were unable to cope with rainfall and water overflowed into the roof space.

Tate said he visited Youth Space with an assessor from the council's insurance company and the area was "chocka block" as children and teens used the Youth Space in their school holidays.

The council had been working to have the Youth Space open in time for the school holidays, he said. There were repairs still to be done on the ceiling but that would happen when the holidays had finished.

The council had already increased the amount of overflow the building's roof could handle from the downpipes, he said.

Tate said Tuesday's flooding was not because of a fault in the design of the building, but rather it was the weather that was the culprit.

"We had a really significant volume of water," Tate said. "People here described it as a rainfall like they had not seen in Levin in years."

According to data from Niwa, 15.4 millimetres of rain fell in Levin on July 1, though a Niwa spokeswoman was unable to say how heavy any downpours were that day.

Tate said much of the cost of the building's repair would be covered by insurance.

A Youth Rave event scheduled for Te Takere last Friday was postponed until July 25 because of the flooding.

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- Manawatu Standard

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