Motueka Stormwater Improvements Given Priority

Friday 30 June 2017

An upgrade of the stormwater system in Motueka’s Poole Street will be carried out this financial year, after being re-prioritised by the Tasman District Council’s Engineering Committee.

The work, which is needed to reduce flooding in the area around Poole Street, is designed to cope with one-in-20 year rainfall.

Engineering Services Committee chairman Stuart Bryant said the project was expected to take up to seven months to complete.

“Motueka residents and their representatives – both ward councillors and Community Board members – have been passionate advocates of the urgency of this project and the Council has taken their message on board. The Engineering Committee will recommend to the Full Council that we complete the work this year.

“The upgrade will reduce the frequency of floods in the area. We do need to be clear that extremely heavy rainfall – greater than a one-in-20 year scenario – will still result in some flooding, however.”

The Full Council will be asked to confirm the Engineering Committee’s recommendation at a meeting on 27 July.