Not Just a Storm in a Teacup

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Not just a storm in a teacupOver the last two years your community has been flooded a number of times, causing extensive damage to private and public property. Dealing with this major issue is no easy task, particularly when it comes to cost. This is an issue for the Waihi Beach community and the Council to explore and understand together.

We thought the best way to kick the conversation off  would be over a cuppa in your community during February and early March. The very first step, but perhaps the most important one, is to agree what the problem is we’re trying to solve.

"Einstein is

Not just a storm in a teacupOver the last two years your community has been flooded a number of times, causing extensive damage to private and public property. Dealing with this major issue is no easy task, particularly when it comes to cost. This is an issue for the Waihi Beach community and the Council to explore and understand together.

We thought the best way to kick the conversation off  would be over a cuppa in your community during February and early March. The very first step, but perhaps the most important one, is to agree what the problem is we’re trying to solve.

"Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.  This quote does illustrate an important point: before jumping right into solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to improve our understanding of it."

Whether you’ve experienced flooding on your property or not, whether you live in Athenree, Pio Shores or down at the beach, you need to have a say. Whatever the solution ends up being, it will come from the community and it will affect you. 

This round of community workshops is the start of a process that could take up to 18 months leading up to Council’s three-yearly Long Term Plan review in 2015 where major funding decisions on preferred stormwater options for Waihi Beach could be made.

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    THE FOLLOWING IS A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE 2013 FLOODS.  POSTED WITH THE AUTHORITY OF THE RESIDENT CONCERNED.
    On 3rd July 2012 - a day of constant heavy rain, there was a freak hailstorm between 5.30pm and 6pm. During any heavy rain, water pours onto the section off the road. This time it poured down the lawn and over the wall beside the flats on to the path. The level rose quickly and was soon pouring through very small gaps at either side of the back door with tremendous force. This was extremely frightening as there was no way to...

    THE FOLLOWING IS A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE 2013 FLOODS.  POSTED WITH THE AUTHORITY OF THE RESIDENT CONCERNED.
    On 3rd July 2012 - a day of constant heavy rain, there was a freak hailstorm between 5.30pm and 6pm. During any heavy rain, water pours onto the section off the road. This time it poured down the lawn and over the wall beside the flats on to the path. The level rose quickly and was soon pouring through very small gaps at either side of the back door with tremendous force. This was extremely frightening as there was no way to stop it. We had to move out and the repairs took three months to complete.  The stress and problems with insurance caused me quite severe depression - not helped by trouble with the Council not wanting to take responsibility for damage to my TV or DVD player which were dripping water when being carried out of my flat. Since this I became extremely nervous when it rains heavily. The torrential rain 4-5 weeks ago caused me terrible fear that we were going to be flooded again. The water coming over the wall was like Niagara Falls - so heavy and forceful, and I was ready to leave. The water was just under the bottom of the back door.

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