Hororata to discuss flood fixes

FLOODED: The Hororata Fire Brigade responding to the significant flooding that hit the township recently.

Discussions over how Hororata coped with the wild weather that lashed across the district is set to get underway on Sunday.

Last month a civil defence state of emergency was declared in Selwyn after wild weather raged across the area.

Hororata had significant flooding with Hawkins Rd and Plantation Rd being the worst hit areas after the Hororata River, Thorne’s Creek and Happy Jacks Creek overflowed.

An informal afternoon tea will be held to get people onto the Selwyn Gets Ready initiative and to allow residents to discuss their experiences with the floods.

Hororata fire brigade senior station officer Roger Parsons said the sheer volume of water burst the banks of the Hororata River and Thorne’s Creek.

“The Hororata River is building up with shingle quite badly in places…we need to get Environment Canterbury and the district council in and have a good look at it,” he said.

Mr Parsons said while the extent of the flooding was a rare event, the biggest problem Hororata faces is that it is in a hollow.

District council asset manager Murray Washington said there are no plans for new stopbanks.

Mr Parsons said Happy Jacks Creek could also be deepened and widened, which would get rid of about 50 per cent of the water when in flood.

The fire service is to meet with the district council and civil defence today over issues it faced during the floods such as getting sand on the ground.

The Hororata Fire Station on Bealey Rd also flooded.

Fire brigade member Tim Loos said the fire station was under about three-four inches of water during the floods.

The district council is planning to review suggestions from the community in a bid to put in preventive measures for for future floods.

Mr Washington said it will determine what can be implemented, the cost of doing so, the timing of the project and how items will be funded.

He said it is too early to know the cost of the damage Hororata sustained during the floods.

“Any roading repairs will be covered through our existing road maintenance contract,” he said.

The meeting will be held at the Hororata Hall at 2pm on Sunday.