Kaeo flood risk reduction project

This ongoing project aims to reduce the impacts of flooding on Kaeo township and its people.

Kaeo is one of 26 catchments around Northland identified as priorities for flood risk reduction planning.

Stop-bank construction, summer 2013/14

From December 2013 to March 2014, Transfield contractors are constructing several stop-banks as part of the Kaeo flood risk reduction project.

For details, contact Transfield on 09 407 7851 or the council's Rivers Team on 0800 002 004.

Who manages the project?

The Kaeo flood risk reduction project is managed by Northland Regional Council in consultation with the Kaeo-Whangaroa River Management Liaison Committee.

What's involved in the project?

Kaeo is built on a flood plain and has regularly flooded for as long as recorded history.

The strategy for Kaeo is to help ensure the floods that do occur are less damaging and dangerous, as much as reasonably practical. 

The project includes:

  • Minor river managment works to prevent channel blockages (ongoing);
  • Development of a community response plan to help the community plan for and respond to hazards (developed 2010; ongoing);
  • Implementing a flood warning system for the town (completed 2009);
  • Using stop-banks to better protect local schools (construction scheduled for December 2013 to March 2014);
  • Deflecting high-speed flood water away from town with stop-banks, converting it into less damaging 'back water' flooding (construction scheduled for December 2013 to March 2014);
  • Assisting with relocation or other works to reduce flood risk of the most at-risk homes (commenced 2012 and scheduled for completion 2014); and
  • Better land use planning, to prevent new development that creates future risk (ongoing).

Who pays?

Funding for the Kaeo flood risk reduction project comes from a number of sources including:

  • A targeted Northland Regional Council rate on properties in the area·
  • Ministry of Education·
  • Department of Internal Affairs·
  • Far North District Council

More information

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