In winter 2021, constant, heavy rainfall led to flooding throughout Waitaha Canterbury, particularly between the Waimakariri District through to the Mackenzie Country. The extreme weather event caused damage to homes, land and flood protection infrastructure.
Flood recovery works map
Immediately following the 2021 midyear floods, we assessed Environment Canterbury-owned flood protection and erosion control infrastructure across Waitaha.
The remaining infrastructure repair works have been given a high, medium or low priority to assist with work scheduling. We have an interactive map where you can find more information about our flood repair works, including finished works.
The Climate Resilience Programme
As part of the Central Government COVID-19 recovery programme, we have an additional $24.2m investment in river enhancement occurring across Waitaha, as part of the Resilient River Communities Programme. There are six projects being delivered as part of this Programme.
This collaborative funding investment being made over three years, is enabling us to undertake significant upgrade work, construct new infrastructure and improve existing natural infrastructure, that would have otherwise taken many years to fund through rates.
As the flood remediation works are completed, communities across Waitaha will benefit from increased flood resilience and protection, and enhance biodiversity in our river corridors.
Updates on the six projects that make up our Climate Resilience Programme can be found on the project webpages.