Work raising stopbank to help flood protection

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An Environment Southland preventive maintenance programme has resulted in a stopbank on the Mataura River being raised this week.

The programme, Flood Protection Works, helps maintain the design level of flood protection for the Gore community.

In urban areas stopbanks protect homes, businesses and infrastructure, while the rural schemes protect land and property outside the stopbanks.

Council engineering technician Robin Wilson said the stopbank, between Salford St and Bury St, would be raised about 300mm.

“Contractors are scraping the top level of grass off the bank. It will then be smoothed out before the level is raised,” Mr Wilson said.

The project began on Wednesday and was required on only about 400m of the bank, he said.

The grass would be resown and a fence would be rebuilt at the bottom of the bank.

He was grateful to the landowners near the bank for co-operating with the project.

“They’ve just been absolutely great to deal with. We appreciate it.”

It was the first time in about 30 years the bank had required maintenance, he said.

The work was expected to be completed by the end of this week.