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Prospective Banks Peninsula
candidates for the local body
elections in October can attend an
information session tomorrow at
the Little River Service Centre. The
session has been rescheduled
from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Aspiring candidates will be given
an inside look at the nomination
process and the work involved in
representing the community as
mayor, councillor or community
Hororata residents on the Selwyn
Rural Water Supply and those in
surrounding districts are still
advised to boil water because of
increased turbidity from snow melt
and recent heavy rain. No e.Coli
had been detected in the water
supply by early yesterday. But
because of turbidity, chlorination
of the supply may not be effective
as a treatment method, a Selwyn
District Council spokesman said.
Water used for brushing teeth
should also be boiled. The intake
and reticulation system was being
monitored and people would be
kept informed of any change.
The first aquafitness classes at
the new Selwyn Aquatic Centre
start at 1pm tomorrow. More
classes will be held over the next
couple of weeks. Active high
impact classes cost $9 a class or
$81 for 10 sessions. The 50+ low
impact classes cost $6 or $54 for
10. Pool members get a discount.
More day and evening classes and
water jogging would be offered
once instructors were recruited.
Shop Me Pretty
Another Shop Me Pretty event will
run at the Lincoln Event Centre
tomorrow from 6.30pm to 9pm.
Lincoln High School could not
keep pace with Shirley Boys' High
in The Press Cup rugby plate
section on Saturday. Shirley made
the most of its home advantage to
score a 30-12 win and leave
Lincoln winless after two rounds of
Pump to be considered
Own bank built to keep floodwater out of house
By MAT KERMEEN
FLOOD BANK: John Schouten with the mounded-up bank he constructed to protect his house from floods.
A TAI TAPU man was so convin-
ced water would flood his property
he built a permanent flood bank
John Schouten brought in truck
loads of dirt and spent weeks
building a banked-up ditch
around the boundary of his sec-
tion just weeks before June's
A group of Tai Tapu people
described the floods as inevitable
because of a stormwater outlet
and increased flows in the Hals-
Mr Schouten estimates he first
complained to the council about
the stormwater outlet almost five
The long-time Tai Tapu resi-
dent said when the Halswell River
floods, river water flows back
through the stormwater outlet
and eventually floods the town.
Residents believe the majority
of the town's flooding could have
been avoided with either a seal
that could manually close off the
outlet or a submersible pump that
could pump water out of storm-
water holding tanks against a
swollen river flow.
I could understand if it was a
couple of million dollars sort of a
job but to me it doesn't seem like
a major thing. Surely it wouldn't
cost that much,'' Mr Schouten
During June's flooding, water
was several centimetres high in
parts of Mr Schouten's property
but despite lapping at his front
steps did not enter his house.
He credits the handmade banks
around his property as the
If not it would have been run-
ning over the floor boards.''
The rain that saturated the
Canterbury region in June has
been described as a significant
event by Environment Canter-
bury and Selwyn District Council
but Tai Tapu people said the
flooding was not a one-off.
Mr Schouten said a similar
flood hit Tai Tapu last year and he
claims the stormwater outlet has
caused problems regularly over at
least the last 50 years.
He had lost count of how many
times he and other people had
notified various authorities.
Mr Schouten said given the
present situation it was only a
matter of time until the next flood.
Selwyn District Council sent a
mobile pump on a tractor unit to
help pump the water out, which
eventually dropped the flooding
After what people describe as
countless complaints over the
decades, it seems a permanent fix
could finally be on the way.
Selwyn District Council asset
manager Murray Washington said
over the next year a permanent
pumping arrangement will be con-
sidered for the site.
That relief will not come soon
enough for Tai Tapu people who
still hold fears of another flood
before a solution comes.
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