A community board member has criticised the "pathetic"
response to a flash flood in Mosgiel that caused thousands of
dollars in damage to shops on Saturday afternoon.
However, Dunedin City Council staff yesterday said problems
with stormwater pipes in the area were well known, and plans
were already being drawn up to fix them.
Water poured into about a dozen shops on Gordon Rd, from
about Cargill St to Factory Rd, after a downpour about
Shopowners used brooms to sweep away the encroaching water
which entered some business premises, damaging carpet and
Bags of compost hastily deployed by Mitre 10 staff protected
some shops, most of which were shut at the time of the
Mitre 10 assistant manager Ricky Bray said some water entered
the store, although not enough to damage it, but other shop
owners were asking why the Fire Service had not acted.
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board member Martin Dillon said
Mosgiel was lucky it had Mitre 10 staff and their
public-spirited action, because it had been let down by the
Dunedin City Council's contractor, Fulton Hogan.
He estimated more than 25mm of rain fell in a very short
time, causing between $10,000 and $15,000 in damage, mainly
to carpets in shops.
It appeared only two Fulton Hogan contractors attended the
"The big problem is there has been no response. It's just
The lack of response was indicative of Dunedin's attitude to
Mosgiel, he said.
Mr Dillon, who also owns commercial property in Mosgiel (his
was unaffected), said the deluge had overwhelmed the
stormwater system, which should have coped and needed
However, council roading maintenance engineer Peter Standring
said problems with inadequate stormwater pipes in the area
were already well known and the council was planning to
"The stormwater pipes haven't got the capacity to deal with
this sort of event. That has actually been known for some
time," he said.
Details of what was planned to fix the pipes - and when -
were not available yesterday.
Mr Standring said Fulton Hogan contractors were not
responsible for the stormwater pipes, but were charged with
keeping mud tanks clear of debris, and they had been "very
Beyond that, there was little the contractors could do but
monitor the situation until the water drained away about half
an hour later, he said. "[Contractors] can't make water
Mr Dillon also questioned why the Fire Service did not start
pumping out the shops. Lookout Point station officer Wayne
Stephenson said there had been nowhere for firemen to pump