Floodbank work continues

Reconstruction work on the next section of the West Taieri contour channel will take place this summer.

The Otago Regional Council has obtained resource consents from itself and the Dunedin City Council for the next six stages of the floodbank reconstruction.

The 14km-long West Taieri contour channel was built in the early 1900s using horses and carts, a method which, while appropriate for the time, had ramifications during subsequent flooding.

Council environmental engineering and natural hazards director Gavin Palmer said the floodbank ran along the northwest boundary of the West Taieri drainage scheme and intercepted the creeks and streams along the southeast face of the Maungatua Range, diverting water away from the drainage scheme into the Waipori River.

From 2008 to 2012, about 3km of floodbank was rebuilt in four stages up to Otokia Rd.

The next six stages would advance reconstruction a further 3.4km to Miller Rd. Work is due for completion in 2024.


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