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Last modified: 16 Mar 2021 1:24pm

Happy Jacks Creek after cleaningHappy Jacks Creek before cleaning

Flood protection works have taken a big step forward around Hororātā with two major projects coming to completion.

Work to clear Happy Jacks Creek, north of the township, finished last week, with 900 cubic metres of material removed to clear the creek channel. The cleared channel now has more capacity to take water in heavy rain events and help water flow faster through the creek and away from the township.

Hundreds of willows are also being cleared from 1.5 kilometres of the Hororātā River and Cordys Stream to the south-west of Hororātā this week.

The joint project with Environment Canterbury has taken three weeks and should be finished this week, clearing the channel and remove obstructions from the river and stream.

The work is part of ongoing flood protection work around Hororātā since 2019, including improvements to drainage in the township. The next stage of flood protection work will be to open a drainage channel to the south of Bealey Road, which the Council is aiming to progress this autumn.

Other major stormwater projects in the district include the completion of stage three of the Leeston stormwater flood bypass, which was connected in December. The Council is working on the final processes to allow construction of stage four, connecting the Leeston creek with the flood bypass channel.

Further work and refinements will be considered in the future on the Leeston stormwater flood bypass. Council is also carrying out investigations to identify options for other flooding hotspots around the district.