22 May 2014

Banks Peninsula residents told to solve flooding

9:41 am on 22 May 2014

Residents on Banks Peninsula have been told they must solve their flooding problems by themselves.

The Christchurch City Council held the first of its community meetings in flood-affected areas in Little River on Wednesday night.

Unlike flooding in Christchurch city, the problems in Little River are largely caused by debris blocking waterways and stopping floodwater flowing into nearby Lake Forsyth.

Council representatives told the meeting it's up to individual landowners to clear the debris.

Little River resident Geoff Marks said it's a bureaucratic mess with many different agencies involved with different bits of land.

He said clearing the debris is a big burden for many landowners and they will need help from the local community or council.