17 Mar 2014

Residents demand flood answers now

12:07 pm on 17 March 2014

Christchurch residents with quake-damaged, and now flood-prone, properties are demanding answers from the city council over what it intends to do to help prevent further damage.

The council held a community forum over the weekend outlining the future risks from natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods and tsunamis.

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Photo: RNZ / Jemma Brackebush

A risk advisor, Tony Taig, says it is up to the community itself how to decide how much risk it is prepared to live with, and authorities will work with its requests.

But residents want something more concrete than that.

One who lives near the Heathcote River says her house has been flooded three times since 1986 and the waters were waist-high the last time. She wants to know what the council will do to fix the drainage on her street.

Others, who live by rivers, want to see a plan to build stop banks in flood-prone areas as soon as possible.

A council planner says they'll use the feedback from the residents as they seek to solve what are complex problems.