Two-year wait for flood protection

03:55, Mar 06 2014
Jade Spring
UNREAL: Jade Spring, 11, outside her family home in Harrison St, St Albans.
Bethany Oskam on Fifield terraceg
KEEPING DRY: Bethany Oskam on Fifield Terrace.
Paisley Street, Sumner
NOT QUITE THE SEA: Paisley Street, Sumner
Abberley Cres, St Albans
STUCK: Residents in Abberley Cres, St Albans, will have difficulty getting to work today.
Stanmore Rd flooded driveway
Oxford Terrace at 7.50am.
RUSH HOUR: Oxford Terrace at 7.50am.
Oxford Terrace at 7.50am.
CENTRAL CHRISTCHURCH: Oxford Terrace at 7.50am.
Lyttelton street turns into a river
DOWNHILL: This steep Lyttelton street is under water.
Heathcote River
HEATHCOTE: The river banks have disappeared as this picture shows - taken from Palatine Tce looking across Fisher Ave.
Flooded foundations
WATER TRAP: Building foundations on the corner of Madras and Southwark streets in the central city fill up during the torrential rain.
Bowenvale Ave Centaurus Rd
CLOSED: Roads are closed at the corner of Bowenvale Ave Centaurus Rd.
Intersection of Durham and Hereford St
CITY CENTRE FLOODS: Intersection of Durham and Hereford St.
Exeter St flooding
DOWN THE PLUGHOLE: Floodwater whirls around a drain on Exeter St, Lyttelton.
Richardson Terrace trampoline
AFLOAT: Trampoline in Richardson Terrace after the Heathcote River burst its banks.
Avon River under Fitzgerald
RISING: The Avon River, flush with its banks, creeps up under the Fitzgerald Bridge.
Avon River, Fitzgerald Ave
BROKEN BANKS: The Avon east of Fitzgerald Ave floods over the street.
Aynsley terrace flooding
ADVANCING: Water creeps up to a road block on Aynsley Tce, near Centaurus Rd.
Francis Ave house floods
INDOOR POOL: This Francis Ave home has been inundated.
Francis Ave
UNDERWATER: This Francis Ave driveway is impassable.
Little River flooding
TIDAL: Floodwater washes a rubbish bin down the street in Little River.
Francis Ave abandoned cars
FOOLHARDY: Motorists who drove through a road-closed sign were forced to abandon their cars.
Eastern Tce dinghy
DESPERATE MEASURES: A resident in Eastern Tce, Beckenham, fancies his luck with the oars.
MacKenzie Ave flooding
COVERED IN WATER: Mackenzie Ave, Opawa, is turned into an outdoor swimming pool.
Eel on Rossall Street
OUT OF HIS DEPTH: Phil Dewar snapped this picture of an eel crossing Rossall St at the intersection with Heaton Rd.
Beckenham School flooding
SCHOOL'S OUT: The grounds around Beckenham School turn into a bog due to the heavy rain.
Aldwins road firefighters
ON CALL: Firefighters, facing a busy day in Christchurch today, help out in Aldwins Rd, Woolston.
Waltham Rd bridge and Fifield Tce - taken at 10am
AFLOAT: A van under water near Waltham Rd bridge and Fifield Tce at 10am.
Sheldon St Woolston
HELPLESS: Water is pouring into homes in Sheldon St, Woolston.
Mike Barber in flooded house
CONTENTS UNINSURED: Mike Barber surveys the damage in his Sheldon St home.
Kayak in Linwood flood
BEST WAY TO TRAVEL: A kayaker trucks down the gutter in Linwood.
Heathcote river flooding
WAIST DEEP: Amanda Savage sent in this picture of deep flooding at the corner of Riverlaw Tce and Esher Pl.
Wildberry St flooding
FINDING FUN IN THE FLOOD: Levi and Caleb White keep checking on the water levels in Wildberry St, Woolston.
Opawa Church flooding
NAVIGATING FLOOD: A keen kayaker paddles towards the church on the corner of Aynsley Tce and Opawa Rd.
Flooding in garden
NO SPRINKLERS NEEDED: "Sorry Christchurch, I over-watered the garden," wrote Rajeev Bhana when he sent in this snap of a flooded garden.
Riverlaw Tce flooding, snorkeller
SCUBA SEASON: Josh Smith needs diving equipment to locate the road in Riverlaw Tce, St Martins.
Cathedral Square pool emerges
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: A new pool has replaced a building site.
Lugging beer through floods
IMPORTANT STUFF: A Riverlaw Terrace resident transports "vital" supplies on a body board through Heathcote River flood waters.
Aldwins Road motorcyle in flood
BIT OF SPRAY: This motorcyclist gets a covering on Aldwins Rd, Woolston.
Top of Heathcote Valley flooding
VALLEY FLOODING: Heathcote Valley resident Loius Dudson sent in this picture of his garden stream in flood.
Matlock St flooding
BROTHERLY LOVE: Mario Williams of Matlock St, Woolston, takes his sisters Mia and Natalia for a ride down the road during a break in the storm.
Fitzgerald ave flooding car submerged
FITZGERALD AVE: A car is partially submerged in flood waters on Fitzgerald Ave.
Flood walkabout in Christchurch including North Beach, Avonside and Opawa/Woolston. Cameron Cook, left, and Construction Contracting CCL staff sandbagging in Aynsley Terrace.
Heavy rain and strong winds in Christchurch. Jack Doyle (11) crossing Warrington St.
A horse is fed emergency food stocks on Farmland flooded looking from Tunnel Road, in Heathcote.
A months rain in 24 hours is how its been described. The city was grid locked in places for hours as commuters tried to get to work. Several St Alban's residents were evacuated and spent the night in a CD Welfare Centre The Avon River burst its banks. A woman carries her shopping through the flood waters.
Another miserable day in Opawa by the Heathcote River.
Flood walkabout in Christchurch including North Beach, Avonside and Opawa/Woolston. Construction Contracting CCL staff sandbagging in Aynsley Terrace.
Heavy rain and strong winds in Christchurch. Tony Doyle carries Andy Kimber across Warrington St after helping out neighbours on Flockton St.
A months rain in 24 hours is how its been described. The city was grid locked in places for hours as commuters tried to get to work. Several St Alban's residents were evacuated and spent the night in a CD Welfare Centre The Avon River burst its banks. Alison Naylor of Frances St has had liquefaction and has now been flooded out two years in a row.
St Albans area. Sean Hermanspahn (17) wades through the water with his laundry.
Christy O'Hagan, 18 years old on the left with Shonagh O'Hagan walking down Voelas Street in Lyttleton were flood water turned the street into a river.
Hekmat Sultani, 22, from Heathcote, took a day off work to jetski in his neighbourhood, pictured here on Scruttons Rd in Heathcote.
Krystal Merrick and Dan Evans from the NZRT-12 Emergency Response/Rescue Team travel up the Heathcote River flooding waters along Riverlaw Terrace in their new rescue boat, donated from the lotteries ministry travel with a Red Cross member from RC23 team.
Pete Sheild, in his truck is rescued on Canterbury Street in Lyttleton after a river of flood water eroded the side of the road.
Glen Fife tend to his sunken car just off Clarendon Terrace in Woolston.
Flood walkabout in Christchurch including North Beach, Avonside and Opawa/Woolston. Aynsley Terrace residents Pip Oliver, left, and partner Tak Tothill.
A resident looks out her window at a rescue team starting their engine on the Heathcote River flood waters on Riverlaw Terrace.
Flood walkabout in Christchurch including North Beach, Avonside and Opawa/Woolston. Monty McKeefry, of North Beach.

At least three schools remain closed to clean up after the flooding, while 31 have contacted the Ministry of Education about flood-related damage.

As hundreds clean up homes, businesses and schools, the 400 homes in the Flockton Basin are told flood protection measures will take two years, at best.

Carrick St woman and dog
WHERE TO START: A resident surveys the receding waters in Carrick St.
The Thompson family
THOMPSON FAMILY: Kristal, Justin and their kids Tyler, 6, Ty, 4, and Paige, 10, at their Carrick St home, flooded for a third time.
Newport St resident Sarah Roberston
NEWPORT ST: Sarah Roberston tosses away her son's dirty nappies, found floating down the street.
Antoinette McCutcheon cleans up after flood
RAKING UP DEBRIS: Antoinette McCutcheon cleans up outside her St Albans home after yesterday's flood.
Kelly Rush in Carrick Street
KELLY RUSH: "I woke up at 2am to water going through our sleep-out."
Clean up after flooding in Christchurch. Dan Parkes removing sodden carpet from a Francis Ave home.
Abbey Cox of Transform Me hair salon in the Warrington Road cleaning up after flooding in Christchurch.
Post Flooding in Christchurch, Carrick Street in Saint Albans. Damaged carpets awaiting dumping.
Post Flooding in Christchurch, Carrick Street in Saint Albans. James Adams cleaning up his drive.
Student Volunteer Army is out in clean up mode again after the weeks flooding. Heathcote Valley residents are benefiting from the Army's resources with mud removal. Students from Heathcote Valley School are also helping.
Student Volunteer Army is out in clean up mode again after the weeks flooding. Heathcote Valley residents are benefiting from the Army's resources with mud removal. Canterbury University student Hannah Livingstone is on wheelbarrow duty.

Council engineers are looking at two options for permanently protecting low-lying homes in the St Albans-Mairehau area from further flooding but Mayor Lianne Dalziel says even if the work can be fast-tracked it is likely to take two years - better than the five years previously expected.

Meanwhile, Education Ministry-paid contractors are today repairing flood damage such as fallen trees, branch damage, roof leaks, blocked toilets and remaining flooding.


Christchurch flooding
FLOODED STREETS: An aerial photograph of the Heathcote River flooding Opawa. The Brougham Street bridge can be seen to the left, with Opawa Road running down the middle. Clarendon Tce and Aynsley Tce, which run along the river, are both submerged.
Christchurch flooding
OPAWA UNDER WATER: The Heathcote River burst its banks flooding houses on Fifield and Riverlaw Tce in Opawa.
Christchurch flooding gallery
MUDDY RIVER: Riverside properties in Opawa bore the brunt of the flooding. Opawa Road Bridge is the patch of road that can be seen. Clarendon and Aynsley Tce are submerged by the Heathcote River.
Christchurch flooding gallery
MAKING WAVES: Sodden ground and flooded roads made for treacherous driving conditions on Tunnel Road in Heathcote.
Christchurch flooding gallery
NEW BRIGHTON: From on high, the extent of the flood waters was clear. The Avon River spilled on to New Brighton Road, which runs alongside it, and Locksley Ave in the lower right of the picture.
Aerial pic Opawa flooding
SWAMPED: The Heathcote River floods Opawa. The Beckford Road bridge is visible at the top of the photograph. Fifield Tce and Riverlaw Tce run alongside either side of the river.
Avondale New Brighton aerial flooding pic
FLOODING IN THE EAST: Avondale Road bridge is visible to the lower left in the picture. A section of New Brighton Road on the right was not flooded.
Heathcote warehouses flooded aerial
HEATHCOTE FLOODING: Warehouses in Heathcote's industrial area are surrounded by flood waters.
Heathcote Valley flooding aerial
VALLEY FLOODING: Heathcote Valley was badly hit by the flooding. Port Hills Road is at the top right of the photograph, with Martindales Road at the top left.
Dallington flooded aerial
DALLINGTON DAMAGE: Locksley Ave and New Brighton Rd under water from the Avon River in the foreground.
Dallington intersection under water aerial
ROAD BECOMES RIVER: The intersection of New Brighton Road and Locksley Ave under water.

Head of infrastructure Kim Shannon said the cost of repairing flood-related damage was not yet known.

"It's really important that schools are safe and healthy environments for both the staff and kids, that's why we're getting contractors in quickly to fix any issues.

Most of the 31 schools that were closed yesterday were open again today. At least three - Shirley Boys High School, Thorrington Primary School and Mairehau High School - were still closed.

"We know this is a really stressful time for a lot of people. We've got project managers working with the most affected schools and the cost of this work will be covered by us," Shannon said.

School in need of further help with outstanding issues should get in touch with the ministry, she said.

The ministry also heard from about 90 early childhood education centres that were closed yesterday, but most of them had reopened today.

Fuel leaks into Lyttelton harbour

A jet fuel leak at Lyttelton Port following a slip yesterday afternoon has been contained, but about 300 litres of fuel leaked into the harbour.

The Mobil jet fuel tank, containing 1.2 million litres of fuel, was severely damaged from a landslide next to the Lyttelton terminal about 2pm yesterday prompting evacuations.

Nineteen homes in Cressy, Park and Brittan terraces were evacuated just after the slip was reported and cordons were put in place overnight.

John Key visits flood victims

Prime Minister John Key has visited a bakery which kept baking yesterday amidst ankle-deep water caused by the one-in-100-year flood.

The sun was shining as Key apologised for treading mud into the shops on the corner of Warrington St and Shirley Rd where staff were clearing up silt.

Shirley Bakery worker Harmony Evans, 19, told Key that despite flooding their bakers kept the oven going yesterday. "We had all these orders to fill we just couldn't not deliver," she said.

Floods add to 'anxiety and stress'

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the flooding had added "another layer of anxiety and stress'' on already stressed people and was going to require a massive cleanup exercise.

"We could not have predicted with the forecast we had the extent of the flooding which occurred,'' she said.

The government had pledged to offer whatever help it could and all the agencies were working together.

The Student Volunteer Army had also been re-activated to help with the cleanup.

Hundreds remain without power

Most roads and schools have reopened today as the floodwaters recede, but Orion chief executive Rob Jamieson said about 650 homes were still without power this morning - most in Banks Peninsula.

"The ones in Christchurch are the result of flooding so we've got to wait until the water's receded. There's a pocket of 30 customers in Linwood without power, they're a priority to get sorted."

It was possible some people could be without power again tonight - most likely those in remote bays in Banks Peninsula.

"It's the underfoot conditions really. It's the risk of slips and just the sheer effort of getting there," he said.

"In the city, it's really dependent on water receding and us cleaning out the equipment and letting it dry."

Jamieson urged those whose homes had flooded to get their properties checked out by an electrician as soon as possible.


Canterbury's weather will be settled for the next two days, which will help hundreds of residents with the cleanup of their properties.

In Christchurch, MetService said the weather was expected to be mainly fine, with a bit of morning and evening cloud and a high of 19 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow is expected to be much the same, but a southerly change on Saturday morning will bring showers to the city. 

"It's quite a different situation to the rain that we had yesterday, so it shouldn't be a big deal," severe weather forecaster Chris Noble said."What looks to be coming through on Saturday is pretty trivial by comparison."


Next to the Heathcote River, Dion Farmer's home on the corner of Aynsley Tce and Opawa Rd was awash.

Farmer had only recently moved back into the house after five weeks of earthquake repairs. His wife, Emma, was on the phone again to their insurance company. "We've been here 28 years and this is the first time it's flooded in the house. It's pretty shocking," he said.

"I feel a bit sort of gutted - we'd been looking forward to coming home. Having said that, there are people worse off than us so we can't really complain," he said.

Debs Sinclair said she had been trying to get someone to check the water that comes up on her land since the February 2011 earthquake.

"I had EQC out in the early days, but nothing happened. I'm trying basically to get a proper inspection done."

Her Hargood St property had been constantly flooded since the February 2011 earthquake, with water and silt stuck under the house.

"There's water there all the time. There was water there when it was 30 degrees the other week," she said.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said houses needing urgent repairs because of the "one in 100-year flood" would get government help.

He said Fletcher EQR would manage urgent repairs for damage caused by the flooding.

The process would be similar to the emergency repair process in the earthquakes, he said.

"Where there are earthquake issues that have been exacerbated by the weather, or new issues that have arisen which are not urgent but need attention, we encourage people to contact 0800 777 846 so that we can find solutions for them," he said.

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