Wins for Onetangi residents in stormwater battle

Julie Ingham has put sandbags around her Onetangi house to try to stop flooding.
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Julie Ingham has put sandbags around her Onetangi house to try to stop flooding.

Two Onetangi residents are pleased their Environment Court actions have prompted Auckland Transport to address flooding problems.

Charles Graves has won a long battle to get Auckland Transport to remove drains that were pouring water onto neighbouring properties that then damaged his land in Onetangi.

He said a concrete culvert and pipes on Trig Hill Road have been removed, so water is no longer channelled from a steep hillside onto his properties on Hobson Terrace below.

Charles Graves repairing a recent slip on his Onetangi property.
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Charles Graves repairing a recent slip on his Onetangi property.

In heavy rain, water flooded through virgin native forest on his properties, washing out trees and destroying the forest floor.

After more than three years fighting Auckland Transport, Graves took action in the Environment Court.

He withdrew his court action after negotiating a confidential settlement with Auckland Transport.

Julie Ingham also applied to the Environment Court for an enforcement order, asking Auckland Transport to stop discharging stormwater from Trig Hill Road onto her property below on Eden Terrace.

Ingham's house has flooded three times since September last year, causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage, she said.

She withdrew her application to the Environment Court after negotiating a settlement.

Auckland Transport has now built a bund about 200 metres long down Trig Hill Road that is designed to protect Ingham's house and two other properties from flooding.

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Auckland Transport has fixed flood damage to Ingham's driveway and removed the stump of a tree that fell during the floods.

Ingham is relieved the bund is in place, but is worried more water could pour down Trig Hill Road now Auckland Transport has removed the pipes above Graves' house.

"The bund may or may not be able to protect the house, because they don't have an alternate plan of what to do with all that water." 

Auckland Transport will soon start about $230,000 worth of work on two slips that occurred during the floods in March, reducing the road to one lane in places, said AT media relations manager Mark Hannan. 

Auckland Transport and Auckland Council's Healthy Waters are monitoring the impact of removing the culvert and pipes,said Healthy Waters general manager Craig Mcilroy.

Healthy Waters is also developing stormwater catchment plans for Onetangi and Rangihoua.

 

 - Stuff

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