Waiheke Marketplace : February 23rd 2011
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Photo: SHELLEY WOOD Business owners are asking questions over what caused the flooding of Tahi Rd during cyc- lone Wilma at Anniver- sary weekend. On the morning after 151mm rainfall, the lower section of Tahi Rd was inundated with up to two metres of water. Timberworld was one of the worst affected, with some stock dis- lodged and floating around the yard. Timberworld manager Graham Askew says most of the owners were questioning why the drainage out to sea wasn't working properly. Tom McDaniel of Only Water says the first del- uge of rain six days before Cyclone Wilma -- which saw 101mm rain- fall in 24 hours -- did not cause major flooding on his land. But he believes the flooding issue high- lighted by Cyclone Wil- ma could stem back nearly three decades. The problem is that since 1982, the H-shaped drainage that used to take the valley water to the wetland and the sea has been sealed off and now the water has nowhere to go. It took 12 hours for the water to drain away after it had stopped raining.'' Auckland Council manager of infrastruc- ture and environmental services John Dragi- cevich says the council does not believe the new transfer station develop- ment has created or exacerbated flooding. Rather it incorporates a professionally-designed stormwater drainage system that includes pro- vision for managing stormwater from its own site as well as upland overflow.'' Mr Dragicevich says the transfer station's stormwater system is separate from the non- council systems that drain the catchment upstream of the station. He says its design -- including that of the building and paved areas -- allows for stormwater unable to enter drains upstream to flow over- land through the refuse transfer station along a defined flow path. Mr Dragicevich says the rain that caused flooding and slips else- where on the island was unusually intense''. When rainfall was particularly heavy in January it was noted that overland flows, which had exceeded the capacity of the other existing stormwater systems, had drained across the transfer sta- tion site as expected.'' Transfer station to open in April Eight-month project: New transfer station. By JEROME GAVELLE Workers are steaming ahead with the building of the new refuse trans- fer station, due to open in April. Despite the heavy rain in late January, the con- struction works that started at the end of August are still on schedule. The new facility will comprise a two-storey building with a drive- through at ground level where the public will be able to drop off their rub- bish out of the rain, dirt and dust. The second floor will be devoted to adminis- tration offices and an education room. Along with a public drop-off for refuse, recycling, inorganic and green waste, there will be a new drop-off service for polystyrene and plas- tic film. Auckland Council solid waste business unit manager Jon Roscoe says the new educational facility in the building will provide assistance to community and school groups. It will enable them to expand their knowledge of operational matters, recycling and sustain- ability.'' Transpacific Indus- tries Group Ltd transfer station manager Mark Dickson said when works began in August that the main idea behind the eight-month project was to create a cleaner, safer facility, with the whole site being concreted, tar- sealed and landscaped. The building was designed by Peter Swan Ltd and built at Trans- pacific's cost. The public opening hours will be from 8am to 4pm, seven days a week. Meanwhile, resi- dents can continue to drop off their red bag rubbish, recycling and green waste at the entrance on Tahi Rd. Four arrests in week Police made four arrests last week. The first, on February 14, was of a 41-year-old Ostend man for unlawfully taking a vehicle, dangerous driv- ing, and drink driving. He appeared in court the same day and is due to reappear later this month. The following day a 45-year-old Blackpool man was held in custody to detox. A 22-year-old Oneroa man was arrested on February 18 and appeared in court for failing to appear on his court date, and a 22-year-old Ostend man was arrested for breaching his bail con- ditions. Police caught two drink- drivers during the week. The 41-year-old man who was stopped and breathalysed on Marga- ret Reeve Lane on Febru- ary 14 had a breath alcohol level of 795mcg -- nearly twice the limit. A 20-year-old man who was stopped and breath- alysed on Mitchell Rd on February 17 was found to have a breath alcohol level of 1274mcg -- more than three times the legal limit of 400mcg. Police are looking for the owners of several items of clothing and shoes found on the headland- Sculpture on the Walk. They also have a number of unclaimed keys, cameras and jewellery.
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