'Water bubbled up through the floorboards'

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 11:12 06/03/2014
Kelly Rush in Carrick Street
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KELLY RUSH: "I woke up at 2am to water going through our sleep-out."

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Carrick St homeowner Kelly Rush woke up at 2am to find water going through the sleep-out of his home in Mairehau. 

Rush and his wife have lived in the street for 10 years. 

It has flooded before, inundating their garage and yard, but never their house - until yesterday.

"We woke up at 2am to water going through our sleep-out," said Rush.

The couple quickly moved into a bedroom in their house, which is undergoing repairs.

"At 8am water was bubbling up through the floorboards."

This morning, Rush and his builder - his friend Bryan Dempster - were in clean-up mode.

"We got carpet put in [the sleep-out] two weeks ago - just before we moved in, and now the carpet is wrecked."

Dempster said the building site - a shell of a house - was "just full of water".

"The ground is sodden. It has basically put us on hold now, until we can come up with a solution to the problem," he said.

Dempster said the ground level of the entire Flockton Basin needed to "come up", after dropping in the earthquakes.

"It is not rocket science. We have been arguing this for three years now with various departments. It goes back to [the Earthquake Commission] and their responsibility under statute - to remediate land damage."

Rush said water swamped boxes of clothing, linen, photographs and other personal possessions they had stored in their sleep-out.

"My wife is pretty stressed about it, but what can you do? Our lives are on hold. For three years our lives have been on hold. And how long is it going to take now?"

This morning city councillors met with Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee to consider whether flood protection work in the Flockton basin could be fast-tracked with a private members bill.

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