Aramoana drainage considered

The Dunedin City Council is investigating possible solutions after Aramoana residents voiced concern over the length of time parts of the community remained flooded after last week's heavy rain.

This comes after about a dozen properties in the community remained under water on Tuesday this week, despite residents' efforts to pump away water. Flooding was caused by a combination of heavy rain and high tides.

Council building services manager Neil McLeod said that in response to the residents' concerns, the council was looking at ways it could ensure water drained away from properties in future.

So far, no decisions had been made, he said.

''No promises'' had been made and it was not known whether a solution was even possible yet.

Among the options being considered was installing a pipe under Paloona St, the site of some of the worst of the flooding.

Mr McLeod also pointed out that in certain areas in Dunedin there was always the possibility of flooding in heavy rain such as the city experienced last week.

''We can't stop it raining and what we have just been through was a fairly significant rain event. Realistically, there are parts of the city that simply are not built to take that amount of rainfall,'' he said.

Aramoana League member Vicki Wilson said she was happy the council was looking at ways to remedy the problem, but that she and other residents would continue to bring up the issue until something was done.

She would be raising it at next month's Chalmers Community Board meeting.

Andrew Noone, the ward councillor for the area, said it was not the council's responsibility to clear flooding on private properties in Aramoana because it did not provide drainage or wastewater to the community.

- vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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