Flood Recovery

This page is to keep you informed about what the Council is doing in the district to alleviate major flooding problems.

Parts of the Waimakariri District experienced significant flooding in June 2014. On 10 and 11 June 180 mm of rain fell - this is about a third of the average annual rainfall. At that time the underground water table was at its highest level since 1978.

Community meetings

A number of meetings were held for flood affected residents to discuss the issues arising out of the flooding and talk through the approach and progress the Council is making in addressing these issues.

Presentations from meetings

June 2014 Meetings

Flood team

As a result of the flooding in June 2014, the Council put together a flood team whose sole focus has been to address flood issues across the district, both historical and recent. The team consists of a number of external experts supported by Council engineers whose time has been dedicated to those issues. Urgent works have been completed, however effective flood mitigation measures are likely to be a long term process involving significant drainage programmes.

Read the media release about funding approved towards resolution of flooding issues (pdf, 82.6 KB).

High priority areas

Some areas were identified as needing immediate action:

  • West Kaiapoi from Otaki Street through to Island Road and other surrounding urban streets and rural areas
  • West Rangiora (e.g. Fernside) and including rural surrounds west of town
  • Bracebridge Crescent and Feldwick Drive areas in Kaiapoi
  • Clear View Lane and Mandalea Road
  • Addressing the sewer issues and groundwater resurgence flooding (undercurrents) in Mandeville
  • A number of other areas (mainly rural).

Flood mitigation works

The Council approved funding of over $4 million dollars for immediate works and investigations in 2014.  Construction work was carried out in a number of these immediate works high priority areas in 2014 and a number of works continued until June 2016. 

Further funding of $16.09 million has been allocated in the Long Term Plan (LTP) for flood mitigation and protection in the district over the next ten years (2015-2025). the funding of this work will be through both the existing urban drainage rate for infrastructure related works and the general rate for flooding related work in the rural areas.

Work already undertaken, or proposed to be undertaken, in Ohoka/Mandeville includes:

Bradleys Road drain
Clear View Lane/Mandalea drain
Whites Road drain stage one
Siena Place drain
Wards Road drain
July 2016
Mandeville various upgrades
Whites Road stage two
Possible future long term flow diversion

Work notices

Want more information? Contact Gerard Cleary, Manager Utilities and Roading, email gerard.cleary@wmk.govt.nz or phone 03 311 8900.