District Flooding Updates
In January and February 2023, the Waitomo district experienced widespread damage to homes, property, businesses, and infrastructure as a result of the weather events generated by Cyclone Hale, Auckland Anniversary weather event, and Cyclone Gabrielle.
Some of our Te Kūiti residents and businesses were impacted again by a short period of intense rain on Sunday 8 October which overwhelmed the stormwater network.
This page provides updates about Council's work on our stormwater network and our plan to build further resilience in the network.
In January and February 2023 the Waitomo district experienced widespread damage to homes, property, businesses, and infrastructure as a result of the weather events generated by Cyclone Hale, Auckland Anniversary weather event and Cyclone Gabrielle. Some of our Te Kūiti west residents were hit again by a short period of intense rain on Sunday 8 October which overwhelmed the stormwater network.
Unfortunately, the repair and recovery works prioritised after the weather events earlier in the year were unable to alleviate the damage caused by the significant and isolated October rain event. Damage included flooding, gravel displacement and scouring to properties in the western of Te Kūiti.
Waitomo District Council is working on several plans, both long-term and short-term to help restore, repair, and improve the resilience of the stormwater network. This will help reduce the impact of future weather events.
Most of the stormwater network in Te Kūiti is designed for a two-year storm event, but we are finding that weather patterns have changed, and these rain events are happening more frequently and are much more intense.
As a result, additional investment is required to ensure our infrastructure can more readily cope with the increased frequency and intensity of these weather events.
Service Requests related to the flooding events, and concerns raised at the community meeting have identified short, medium, and long-term issues.
Information relating to insurance is provided as a separate fact sheet, to cover all relevant detail.
Links to important documents
Council Business Paper - Report on Findings 28.11.23 (PDF 193 KB)
Minutes from the 17 October public meeting (PDF 82 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 212 KB)
Insurance information (PDF 160 KB)
Post January flooding event
We have identified critical sites in the western area of Te Kūiti, particularly around the Hospital Road and Ngatai Street area. We are regularly monitoring these drainage sites before and after a rainfall event. All stormwater drains in this area have been unblocked, so water running through them will not be restricted.
We have also:
- Unblocked stormwater drains on Ward Street, Ngatai Street, George Street. Te Kūiti Road, Ngarongo Street and Anzac Street
- Repaired a stormwater pipe on Park Street that had been damaged by tree roots
- Replaced a damaged watermain pipe on Mangarino Street
Since the Auckland Anniversary event in January 2023, more funding has gone into stormwater improvements such as improving stormwater inlets and cesspits and will include installation of scruffy domes and wing walls (pictured), which will help with capturing debris before it blocks a drain or outlet.
A project to undertake modelling of the Te Kūiti stormwater system is underway and will now be expanded. The modelling will identify where more significant works may be required such as larger pipes or retention ponds. This will be a costly exercise and options will be considered based on budget and design.
We have also:
- Further cleared stormwater drains in the western area of Te Kūiti following the 8 October event
- Removed outlet screens from open drains
- Cleaned out catchpits in the western area of Te Kūiti
- Replaced a stormwater main on Hill Street and George Street
- Undertaken CCTV footage work on critical stormwater pipes
- Identified open drains for possible installation of wingwalls or other stormwater devices