Sunday, July 17, 2011

EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE, Bexley, Post June 13 Quake. MUD, MUD & MORE MUD.

Sun 17.07.11. Ten months post 04.09.10, mag 7.1 quake & a month post 13.06.11, mag 6.3 quake, I drove along New Brighton Rd to New Brighton, the road in bad, post quakes repair - pot holed, shingled & patched.

I wanted to see what happened to Bexley after the June 13 quake, especially Seabreeze Cl by Bexley Wetland & Waitaki St, roughly parallel to Avon River. Waitaki St was liquefaction flooded during past quakes.

Most of Bexley was recently red zoned by NZ govt. 5100 red zoners in Canterbury were forced to abandon condemned properties & find new homes, after negotiations with EQC & insurers, or duress buyout by NZ govt. Which made NZ govt a land-grabber & speculator, using taxpayers' money. As CERA minister Brownlee had already said red zone land could be remediated, it was obvious that NZ govt intended in future to profit from the quake losses of red zone citizens. Never mind 10 000 orange zone & white zone home owners' land still to be assessed by CERA.

I parked my car at Seabreeze Cl & wandered towards Bexley Wetland. I'd seen Seabreeze Cl post Sept 4 quake & deadly Feb 22, mag 6.3 quake - liquefactioned by both quakes. Deja vu June 13 quake - Seabreeze Cl was a ghost street, grey liquefaction mud everywhere, quake damaged houses closed, just one house inhabited, cars parked outside, the rest deserted, a grey, muddy mess. Bexley houses I wandered past that day were red zoned & would be demolished by CERA.

My overall impression of quake damaged Bexley was that it suffered 1 000s of tons of liquefaction MUD, MUD & MORE MUD. As in other liquefaction muddied suburbs, like Avonside, Dallington, Avondale, Horseshoe Lake, Bexley's infrastructure, underground pipes & cables, were destroyed by underground mud & water shoved up by quakes. The mud flooded into roads, gardens, houses & businesses, causing massive surface destruction too.

Images, quake damaged Seabreeze Cl:


17.07.11. Serial quake damaged Seabreeze Cl, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Port Hills backdrop. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Liquefactioned house, Seabreeze Cl. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA




I didn't take many coolpix of Seabreeze Cl, nor Bexley Wetland, having done so before. Suffice to say, the post Feb 22 quake stop bank between Bexley Wetland & new Bexley housing had hardened into a regular cycle track overlooking ghost houses, liquefaction mud both sides of the elevated stop bank.

At stop bank start on Bexley Rd, a road sign warned: EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE. Closed, higgledy-piggledy houses in Seabreeze Cl & lining Bexley Wetland had shiny, blind eyes.

While taking pics of abandoned houses facing Bexley Wetland, I had that creepy feeling again, whenever I was close to dead bldgs. I didn't fear the houses collapsing, I was a safe distance away. When I stood in front of the empty houses, I knew no one was there, but I felt I was being watched.

Images, quake damaged Bexley Wetland:


17.07.11. EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE road sign, start of post Feb 22 quake raised stop bank, Bexley Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake



17.07.11. Post Feb 22 quake raised stop bank, Bexley Wetland


17.07.11. Serial quake damaged housing facing Bexley Wetland, post June 13 quake. The houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA

17.07.11. Serial quake trashed house facing Bexley Wetland. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA







17.07.11. Post Feb 22 quake raised stop bank, Bexley Wetland. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


As quake damaged houses facing Bexley Wetland were abandoned, through windows & glass doors, I saw dried liquefaction mud inside houses & quake cracked, overgrown gardens.

Feb 22 liquefaction volcanoes in Bexley Wetland, already looked old, covered in low tide, brown algae. Waterfowl still inhabited Bexley Wetland, humans gone.


17.07.11. Serial quake damaged housing facing Bexley Wetland, post June 13 quake. The houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA










17.07.11. Post Feb 22 quake raised stop bank, Bexley Wetland. Port Hills backdrop, post June 13 quake

Closer to Avon River bank, Bexley houses were inhabited. At the edge of Bexley Wetland, I passed a freshwater spring in raupo reeds. An information board described wetland ecosystems: salt marsh; salt meadow; freshwater swamp. Avon River banks had post quake, raised stop banks both sides of the river.  On the new stop bank, I walked past new quake cracks caused by lateral spreading.


17.07.11. Bexley Wetland view of quake demolished house, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Freshwater Spring info board, Bexley Wetland, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Liquefaction volcano in Bexley Wetland & close new house, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Quake cracked, raised stop bank, Avon River bank housing, Bexley Wetland beyond, post June 13 quake. The crack was due to lateral spreading

At Wairoa St I looked at post Feb 22 community showers in a shipping container. An empty wooden hut guarded the showers & a blue sign told people how to shower. Waste of money the sign & guard hut, the same $10 000 rip off, wooden hut cops & NZDF soldiers used at CBD cordon checkpoints.

The Council sign read:

COMMUNITY SHOWERS

Please:

* Go to the toilet before showers.
* Use your own soap, shampoo and towell.
* Wear jandals or shower footwear.
* Put all waste in the bin - including nappies.
* Supervise children under 12 at all times.
* Keep showers to 10 minutes including change time.
* Families can have longer.
* Talk to our staff if you feel uncomfortable.

Please do not:

* Drink the water or clean teeth.
* Use if you have vomitting or diarrhoea
* Use a cellphone.

Images, quake damaged Wairoa St:


17.07.11. Guard hut for post quake, shipping container, community showers, Bexley Wetland, Wairoa St, post June 13 quake


Wairoa St, parallel to Avon River, was cleared of liquefaction mud, but was still lined with portaloos & pumps pumping sewage between quake damaged sewers, one pumping waste water into sewage polluted Avon River near Pages Rd Bridge.


17.07.11. Quake damaged cnr Wairoa St / Brook St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Plastic sewage tank, Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Portaloo & sewage pump, Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA



17.07.11. Quake damaged Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA

I walked Avon River newly raised stop bank, past broken & useless wooden benches, views obscured by the raised stop bank. Some quake damaged houses were below Avon River water level. All that stopped river flooding was the raised stop bank & a concrete wall partly along Wairoa St.


17.07.11. Wairoa St raised stop bank view of sewage polluted Avon River & Owles Tce, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Quake junk, Wairoa St, Bexley, raised stop bank, post June 13 quake. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Raised stop bank on concrete wall, Wairoa St, Bexley & up river view of Pages Rd Bridge, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Raised Avon River stop bank on concrete wall, Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All Wairoa St houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Raised stop bank view of down stream, sewage polluted Avon River, Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Wairoa St houses on the right were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Quake damaged house, Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA



17.07.11. Raised stop bank on concrete wall, with quake sewage pump, Avon River. Wairoa St level below river level, post June 13 quake. All Wairoa St houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Raised stop bank view of sewage polluted Avon River & Owles Tce, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Quake useless viewing bench, Avon River raised stop bank, Wairoa St, post June 13 quake. All Wairoa St houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA



17.07.11. Raised stop bank view of quake damaged Pages Rd Bridge, sewage polluted Avon River & Owles Tce, post June 13 quake

Pages Rd Bridge was cracked at road joins by abutments. Busy traffic raised a liquefaction dust cloud by the bridge.

Images, quake damaged Pages Rd:


17.07.11. Quake damage, Pages Rd Bridge, cnr Wairoa St / Page Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All bldgs in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Quake damage, cnr Pages Rd / Waitaki St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All bldgs in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Quake damage, abandoned Asian 4 Kiwis Restaurant, Pages Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Foreground - bags of dry, concrete mix, ready for use during flooding. The restaurant was demolished


17.07.11. Quake damage, abandoned shopping centre car park & closed bar, Pages Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The bldg was demolished


Pages Rd to Anzac Dr was in bad condition, pot holed, shingle patched & tar patched, with shabby, dusty side roads. As Bexley was mostly red zone, few road repairs would happen, as people were leaving. Those who stayed in New Brighton & Southshore endured quake trashed & CERA trashed roads for years.


17.07.11. Quake damaged, abandoned Video Ezy, Pages Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Video Ezy was demolished


17.07.11. Quake damaged, abandoned shop, Pages Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The shop was demolished


A shopping centre near Pages Rd Bridge was abandoned: Robbies Bar & Bistro, TAB, Domino's, Video Ezy, other shops, dried liquefaction mud in the car park. A huge quake crack zig-zagged the car park. The shops were demolished.

Robbies Bar was separated from the car park by a deep, water filled, quake crack, a foot wide. Chairs & tables lay quake scattered in the ghost bar. Shop windows were streaked with grey, liquefaction dust. Robbies Bar was demolished.

Large, porous plastic bags, filled with dry, concrete mix, were stored on the car park, in case Avon River flooded.


17.07.11. Quake damage, Pages Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Bldg was red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Quake trashed, Jasper lee, Pages Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Jasper Lee was red zoned & demolished by CERA



17.07.11. Pages Rd, Bexley, red zone, liquefactioned house was red zoned & demolished by CERA



I wandered Waitaki St to muddy John Hinton VC Reserve on Avon River Bank. Abandoned houses were liquefactioned, cracked & tilted. Garages, fences, letterboxes, power poles were skew. Some driveways were flooded, one garden was flooded with brown muck by the front door.

Part of Waitaki St side was flooded. Mud everywhere, on the road, on pavements, in overgrown gardens. Few people around. At Waitaki St / Bexley Rd fork, houses were quake tilted & sunk in liquefaction mud.  All Waitaki St houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA.

Images, quake damaged Waitaki St:


17.07.11. Liquefactioned cnr Pages Rd / Waitaki St, Bexley, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Quake damage, liquefactioned Waitaki St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The red zone house was demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Liquefaction flooding & seepage from Avon River, Waitaki St. The red zone house was demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Red zone housing, liquefactioned Waitaki St. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Quake damaged house, liquefactioned Waitaki St. The red zone house was demolished by CERA

17.07.11. Liquefactioned lane off Waitaki St. All houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Red zone house, liquefactioned Waitaki St. The red zone house was demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Blue water pipe, liquefactioned Waitaki St. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Liquefactioned house, Waitaki St. The red zone house was demolished by CERA




17.07.11. Liquefactioned Waitaki St. All red zone houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA

At John Hinton VC Reserve by Avon River, I stood on top of the post quake, raised stop bank & saw that Waitaki St & parallel Bexley Rd were below high tide Avon River. Years ago, planners, surveyors, engineers, architects, builders, developers, real estate agents who'd developed Bexley on swamp land were greedy buggers.

More porous, plastic bags, containing dry, concrete mix, stood on the stop bank by John Hinton VC Reserve, ready for Avon River flooding. Land had sunk in the quakes & no one was certain how deep, until geotech investigation. Meanwhile citizens waited for heavy rains to see if their properties flooded. Many quake trashed roads had quake formed dips on the surface, where land had sunk & puddles formed after rains. After rains I saw puddles on Travis Rd by Travis Wetland, where the road had sunk during quakes.


17.07.11. Liquefactioned John Hinton Reserve VC, Waitaki St, Avon River, Bexley, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Raised stop bank, Avon River, John Hinton VC Reserve, Waitaki St, Bexley, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Quake damage, Waitaki St, nr John Hinton VC Reserve, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The red zone house was demolished by CERA

17.07.11. Liquefactioned house, Waitaki St. The red zone house was demolished by CERA


I wandered back to Pages Rd along Bexley Rd, just as quake damaged as Waitaki St - abandoned, broken houses & fences, muddy, damaged gardens, pavements & road. A digger was parked on muddy Bexley Rd, not a workman in sight. All Bexley Rd houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA.


17.07.11. Liquefactioned Waitaki St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The red zone houses were demolished by CERA

Images, quake damaged Bexley Rd:


17.07.11. Liquefactioned cnr Bexley Rd / Waitaki St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Liquefactioned Bexley Rd, Bexley. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Quake damage, Bexley Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Liquefactioned Bexley Rd, Bexley. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Liquefactioned house, Bexley Rd. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Sewage flooded house, Bexley Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Quake damage, Bexley Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Liquefactioned housing, Bexley Rd, Bexley. The houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Liquefactioned house, Bexley Rd, Bexley. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA



17.07.11. Liquefactioned Bexley Rd view of Pages Rd. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA. Foreground: plastic sewage tank embedded in pavement

Corner Bexley Rd / Pages Rd: Roofless, Orion utility bldgs were tilted in liquefaction mud. A liquefaction water mark was just below the handle of a sunken green door.

17.07.11. Quake damaged Orion utility bldg, cnr Bexley Rd / Pages Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake



I wandered up dusty, quake damaged Pages Rd, by gridlocked traffic & many orange, plastic road cones towards Waitaki St again - past more quake damaged houses. The houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA.

By then I'd snapped many pics - devastating quake damage, quake destroyed Bexley. A few Bexley residents hosed mud from cracked driveways. Little gardening went on in Bexley, pointless there in Christchurch ex Garden City. Bexley houses I wandered past that day were red zoned & demolished by CERA.

Images, quake damaged Pages Rd:


17.07.11. Quake damage & repair, Pages Rd / Anzac Dr crossing, Bexley, post June 13 quake


17.07.11. Quake damage, Pages Rd, Bexley, towards Pages Rd Bridge, post June 13 quake

A sign on a Pages Rd fence read:

EARTHQUAKE
DAMAGE?

New Carpets & Repairs
Water Blasting Services
All Handyman Work
+ Many More Services

absolute
Handyman Services

Call...

Wishful thinking as Bexley was already red zoned.

17.07.11. Portaloo, liquefaction flooding & 30 km speed limit, liquefactioned, red zone, Pages Rd, Bexley. All bldgs in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA



17.07.11. Plastic sewage tank, liquefactioned, red zone, Pages Rd, Bexley. Houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA

Across Pages Rd, I wandered Waitaki St past more quake damaged, abandoned housing to Harold Henry Park. I cut across the park back to my car. AT HOME signs on some house walls & fences tried to deter thieves. All Waitaki St houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA.

Images, quake damaged Waitaki St:


17.07.11. Quake damage, Waitaki St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The red zone houses were demolished by CERA

17.07.11. Liquefactioned red zone house, Waitaki St. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Quake damaged, red zone house, Waitaki St. The house was demolished by CERA



















17.07.11. Portaloo & sewage pump on liquefactioned, red zone Waitaki St. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


17.07.11. Red zone house, Waitaki St. The house was demolished by CERA





















I drove back to Burnside via Anzac Dr. By both sides of Anzac Dr subsidence, digital signs warned: EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE.


Regarding Christchurch's post quake, housing market, a Harcourts flyer read:

"The main problem Purchasers face is trying to organise insurance. This is mainly resolved by the Purchasers insuring with the same insurance Company which currently insures the property on behalf of the Vendors. However, in many instances even though an insurance Company is going to continue with the cover they still require Engineers and / or building reports prior to granting insurance to the Purchaser.

Another main issue is how Vendors and Purchasers deal with EQC claims. If between the date of the agreement and the date of the settlement the Vendor receives a pay out from EQC then the Vendor should account to the Purchaser for the amount received. On occasions the Vendors have actually used the money to carry out repairs. If a claim has not been settled then the Vendors and Purchasers enter into a Deed of Assignment and Notice of Assignment which effectively transfers the claim to the Purchasers and from that point onwards the Purchasers will deal with EQC with regard to the settlement of the claim..."

Dithering, tardy EQC again, a glorified govt insurance company, which had 60 years' taxpayer funded practise to get it right when the big quake came. Insurers did everything they could to obtain premiums from policy holders, then delayed payments to property owners post quakes. Insurers excuse for delays was that EQC caused delays & insurers couldn't do anything until EQC had decided on under cap $100 000 repairs, or over cap $100 000 repairs, or rebuild, to be dealt with by insurers. When it was time to rebuild, home owners & business owners found premiums had risen astronomically, making it difficult to rebuild.

Christchurch Mail 20.07.11 reported about Stanmore Rd, Sun Ning takeaways owner battling to reinsure a rebuild after the shop was demolished. Post Sept 4 quake, Leah watched demolition of Sun Ning old, brick shop from her London St school.

After 10 months of quakes, there was whinging from insurers & reinsurers about Canterbury being risky. Therefore premiums for new & old bldgs had to rise to refill insurers' coffers. Yet pre-quakes, insurers & reinsurers were happy to insure for years when Canterbury & Christchurch were low risk.

CERA minister Brownlee did a tour of red zone, cordoned CBD ruins with London Lloyd's boss Peter Levene, who whined about "syndicate markets... market forces... exposures... risks..." while Christchurch business owners still battled to access their cordoned, CBD ruined bldgs. (The Star 20.07.11).

Gotta ask: How profitably did insurers & reinsurers invest premiums all those good years?

Then there were lending & legal leeches.

Tue 19.07.11. I returned to Bexley for another look at sewage sludged Avon River & its post quake, raised stop banks. By post quake, sewer repairs on Pages Rd, I detoured along post quake, patched Rowan Ave, along patched Bexley roads to patched Porchester St, back to patched Pages Rd by Bexley Reserve.

Images, quake damaged Bexley Rd & Waitaki St:


19.07.11. Liquefaction sludge on road brushed Bexley Rd, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA


On Bexley Rd a front-end-loader scooped road compacted mud onto roadside piles. A tractor hauled a circular road brush along Bexley Rd & Waitaki St, spreading liquefaction sludge.


19.07.11 Quake damaged, red zone house, Waitaki St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The red zone house was demolished by CERA


19.07.11. Raised stop bank view of Avon River down stream level & Waitaki St level, by John Hinton VC Reserve, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Porous plastic bags with dry mix concrete by bldg, ready for flooding

At John Hinton VC Reserve I stood on top of the raised stop bank. Like at Wairoa St, I saw Avon River water level was above Bexley Rd & Waitaki St levels. No wonder liquefactioned roads flooded during quakes. Porous plastic bags stood by with dry mix concrete, ready for flooding. I expected John Hinton VC Reserve would grow after red zone houses were demolished.

Images, quake damaged Mitchem Pl:


19.07.11. Liquefaction flooding, cnr Waitaki St / Mitcham Pl, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The red zone houses were demolished by CERA


19.07.11. Liquefactioned end of Mitcham Pl, Avon River bank, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The red zone houses were demolished by CERA


19.07.11. Liquefactioned Mitcham Reserve, Mitcham Pl, Avon River bank, Bexley, post June 13 quake


19.07.11. Post quake, raised stop bank, Avon River bank, Mitcham Pl, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Red zone houses both sides of Avon River were demolished by CERA


Off Waitaki St, I drove along no exit Mitcham Pl to Sopley Ln & Fordingbridge Ln, all sludged by liquefaction mud. At the end of Mitcham Pl, I looked at Avon River raised stop bank, on top of old reinforcing gabion baskets. Riverbank houses were too close to Avon River by the raised stop bank. No wonder roads liquefactioned during quakes. All houses in Mitcham Pl & lanes close to Avon River were red zoned & demolished by CERA.

Images, quake damaged Wairoa St:


19.07.11. Post quake, raised stop bank, Avon River bank, Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. Houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA




19.07.11. Quake damaged houses, Wairoa St, Bexley, below Avon River level, post June 13 quake. All houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA



19.07.11. Raised stop bank on concrete wall, Wairoa St, by Avon River, post June 13 quake


19.07.11. Wairoa St, red zone houses, demolished by CERA


19.07.11. Housing on Avon River bank, by raised stop bank, near Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA


I drove to Wairoa St & wandered Avon River raised stop bank above quake damaged houses, which were below river level. I walked towards Bexley Wetland & looked at the backs of sludged houses along the stop bank & Owles Tce raised stop bank on the opposite river bank. Water birds still inhabited riversides, despite post quake, raw earthworks.


19.07.11. Quake damaged Avon River bank housing, by raised stop bank, nr Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The houses were red zoned & demolished by CERA




19.07.11. Wairoa St, raised stop bank view of Owles Tce, on opp Avon River bank, post June 13 quake


Before quakes, those who'd planned, built & bought houses at Bexley swamp land were crazy. Geologists, seismologists, councillors, planners, surveyors, architects, engineers, builders, developers were aware of swamps & sand on which Christchurch was built & developed.

"Geology of the Christchurch Urban Area," LJ Brown, JH Weeber, Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Ltd, 1992, gave an overview of Christchurch geology, suburbia, groundwater & quake hazards. There was no excuse for modern, crap housing at Bexley, as early setters knew about swampy ground on which Christchurch was built & described it in detail.


19.07.11. Raised stop bank & housing, Avon River, near Wairoa St, post June 13 quake. Houses in the pic were red zoned & demolished by CERA









19.07.11. Quake damaged house, Wairoa St, Bexley, nr Avon River bank, post June 13 quake. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA


19.07.11. Sewage pump by Avon River stop bank, Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. All housing in the pic was red zoned & demolished by CERA


19.07.11. Raised stop bank view of Pages Rd Bridge, Avon River, post June 13 quake

Quake ravaged Seabreeze Cl, Wairoa St, Bexley Rd, Waitaki St, Pages Rd & other red zone streets reminded me of third world African townships. What saved them from shanty town squalor was EQC, insurers & NZ govt's red zone, buy out scheme. Pity those without insurance.


19.07.11. Avon River, raised stop bank view of quake damaged house, Wairoa St, Bexley, post June 13 quake. The house was red zoned & demolished by CERA





Coda Fri 25.10.13: By Oct 2013 many of the red zone houses I'd seen in Bexley were demolished by CERA - along Wairoa St, Seabreeze Cl, Waitaki St, Bexley Rd, Pages Rd & side streets. Some demolition sites along Waitaki St were already reverting to Avon River swamp land with scummy pools & river reeds. There were still many abandoned houses in Bexley to be demolished by CERA. The Press 25.10.13 reported that CERA had demolished only 38% of red zone housing so far. i.e. By Sept, CERA had demolished 3 012 houses out of a total of 7 839 red zone houses.

Bexley demolition sites were a mess, with overgrown gardens, household & construction rubbish dumped on some sites & a fence cordoned construction site at John Hinton VC Reserve. A black, plastic, sewage pipe, about 1 m diameter, ran along the side of Bexley Rd from John Hinton VC Reserve to Pages Rd. The abandoned shopping centre on Pages Rd was fence cordoned with green shade cloth. That summed up CERA's "recovery" for red zone Bexley - dusty demolition sites, abandoned housing & a sewage pipe, fronted by clean, green, torn shade-cloth fluttering in the NW breeze.

Bexley "recovery" so far was a misnomer. More than 5 years post 04.09.10 quake, the sooner Council, CERA & EQC decided what to do with Bexley red zone, riverside, demolition sites on Avon River swamp land the better.

The Pages Rd shops by Pages Rd Bridge were later demolished.

The Weekend Press 21-22 February 2015 reported that EQC horizontally injected concrete underground into two Wairoa St, red zone, demolition properties & two Avondale red zone, demolition properties, then tried to imitate quakes with a truck trundling by, or little explosions to see if the concrete survived. That EQC nonsense was EQC's remediation solution for red zone land, so the underground, horizontal concrete gave support for old / or new house foundations on red zone land.

The problem was that EQC had to pay out for quake damaged, liquefactioned, red zone land, even if the house on top was unscathed by quakes. Dafter still was that one govt dept CERA red zoned the land, then another govt dept EQC had to pay up for quake trashed, liquefactioned, red zone land. Govt blunder on blunder on muddy ground.

Given the strength of the quakes, any concrete injected underground on liquefactioned land would be snapped like spaghetti in future quakes. EQC conveniently forgot all the quake-snapped, roadside, concrete curbs EQC inspectors wandered past during their inspections. Never mind the quakes snapping & trashing infrastructure like underground concrete pipes & drains, bridge abutments & piers, causing billions of bucks of damage, which SCIRT spent years fixing.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Land settlements put EQC between a rock and a hard place (The Press / Stuff Co).

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