Work has resumed to address recurrent flooding at the Aubrey Road/Mount Ida Place intersection after delays caused by more rain and the reappearance of ‘Lake Aubrey’.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) contractors had begun to fix the big storm puddle that forms regularly at the entrance of the Northlake subdivision by digging out several metres of the existing soak pit in an effort to drain the flooding, but had only got as far testing the soil for drainage before more rain on Monday 20 reflooded the road.
This was the second delay caused by heavy rain in as many weeks. On July 12 and 13, 30,000 to 40,000 litres of water from rain last Sunday and Monday blocked one lane of Aubrey Road and it took several hours for this to be pumped and carted away.
QLDC spokesperson Jack Barlow said work had once again resumed last week to “increase the capacity of the soak pit from eight square metres to 50 square metres, which is the maximum area available given the constraints onsite.”
“At this stage we expect the works to take three weeks to complete,” said Barlow - but more rain is on the way.
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