LeviathanMay 15, 2015
New Zealand cut off from Capital
Well, yesterday was an interesting day! Rain by the bucket load, but not enough resilience to handle it. Yes, there was apparently 8 times more rain than normal, and enough water landed on our streets in half an hour to equal a normal rainfall for a month, or something like that, but still – it should hardly have been the end of the world. A fairly unprecedented transport disaster – both road routes blocked, and all the rail lines out as well, leaving Wellington devoid of transport links – except, of course, ferry, airplane, on foot, and by cycle. all routes on land were washed out, meaning that the rest of the country was tragically cut off from the capital. I don’t know how Auckland coped without our constant support.
Yet the city performed reasonably well, I thought. Yes, the low-lying wet spots of Kilbirnie and Karori will have filled up, once again, to the brim, but apart from that, a deluge this size seems to have been swallowed up by the drains and disposed off out to sea. Well done Wellington City Council! Not such a good report on other places – Petone, Porirua, Paraparaumu, Paekakariki, Pukerua. Does blame for that lay at the feet of NZTA, or the Wellington Regional Council?