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Camera reveals one of the flood culprits

August 10th, 2016
[by David Armstrong]

One large plastic Coke bottle compounded the misery of Wilkie Street residents this year when exceptional flooding hit their neighbourhood on several occasions.

That was the simple finding when TDC engineers sent a camera up the 32m long six-inch pipe linking Wilkie Street with Poole Street on Monday.

This was reported at the informal August open forum meeting of the Motueka Community Board held last night, attended by eight people.

After many weeks of delays and postponements, the engineers finally met with Community Board members and Ward Councillors to view and discuss the waterlogged problem areas which have enraged locals in recent months. (See our earlier story.)

The blocked, under-sized pipe is not the only problem in the design and construction of the stormwater system in the north-west part of Motueka, but at least it should alleviate flooding in minor rain events.

Board chairman Paul Hawkes said a public meeting on flooding issues will be held on Friday August 19th, 9.30am - 12.30pm at the TDC Service Centre meeting room, Hickmott Place.

Motueka entrance sign lighting
Paul Hawkes told the meeting that he has obtained some solar powered LED spotlights that are suitable for outdoor use, to light the town's southern entrance sign at nights.

He will try out the first two starting tonight, and once placement and light strength is established will concrete them into place. He has some spares in case of vandalism.

This project proposal has been around for several years but has always come up against technical stumbling blocks and difficulties with NZTA plans.

Kumaras walkway erosion
High tides and storms this year have caused significant erosion of parts of the walkway/cycleway between the old historic wharf at Motueka Quay and the Kumaras area (Raumanuka Reserve).

Several people commented on continual damage and loss of path material, and the dangers of cycling on exposed areas particularly just north of the golf course.

Although Keep Motueka Beautiful with TDC created the path and did early maintenance, it is now under Council maintenance in partnership with the Great Taste cycleway trust.

Those attending questioned the long term strategy of the path's owners, whether it be to repair and raise vulnerable sections or work to a "managed retreat" policy as part of planning for inevitable district-wide sea level rise.

The Community Board will place the issue on the agenda for its next formal meeting in four weeks.

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