Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Second Anniversary 22.02.11 Quake. Atlantis St & Chimera Cres, Red zone

In Jan 2012 I'd seen newly red zoned streets, including Atlantis St & Chimera Cres, near QE11 Park & a waterway between Travis Wetland & Avon River.

Images, quake damaged Atlantis St:



21.02.13. Red zone, cnr Atlantis St / Travis Rd



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed church, cnr Atlantis St / Travis Rd



Since then QE11 athletics stadium was gone, demolished by CERA's Mainzeal contractor, also gone, receivership.

21.02.13. As a second anniversary tribute to the 22.02.11 quake, I looked again at Atlantis St & Chimera Cres, apt names for the quake which caused so much damage & grief to Christchurch & surrounds.



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Atlantis St



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Atlantis St





I parked my car on Atlantis St by the quake closed church fronting Travis Rd. The church asphalt car park was quake buckled with heaps of dry liquefaction sand around the church.

I wandered down Atlantis St past a couple of house demolition sites. Most liquefaction mud was gone, dumped elsewhere, just a few heaps of dry sand on pavements & in gardens. Chimera Cres the same. Pre quakes, all houses in Atlantis St & Chimera Cres red zone were new.



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Atlantis St






Less people were noticeable since I last passed that way. Most houses on Atlantis St & Chimera Cres were abandoned with overgrown gardens. Council & CERA kept up appearances by mowing grass verges, some gardens & a parkland. Driveways were impossible to mow, so weeds grew rank in driveway cracks & in some gardens up to window height. Garages doors told the quake tale - tilted, sunken, misaligned, tall weeds in front.

Images, quake damaged Chimera Cres:
  

21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed housing, Chimera Cres 



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres











21.02.13. Sucker truck, red zone, Chimera Cres


On Chimera Cres an orange, Hi Vis vested workman operated his WASTE AWAY sucker truck, sucking waste water from a manhole in the road. Evidenced by parked cars, a couple of houses were still inhabited in Chimera Cres, most houses were abandoned.



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres


21.02.13. Red zone, liquefactioned driveway & quake trashed housing, Chimera Cres


21.02.13. Red zone, house demolition site, Chimera Cres



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres


21.02.13. Red zone, liquefaction sand by quake trashed house, Chimera Cres


21.02.13. Red zone, quake split fence & tagging by quake trashed house, Chimera Cres

Three double storey houses overlooked the waterway & a deserted children's playground. The 3 big houses were already tagged & were gutted, prepared for demolition by workmen. Luxuriant flax indicated masses of underground water & liquefaction prone land.


21.02.13. Red zone, 3 quake trashed, double storey houses near a waterway, Chimera Cres


 





21.02.13. Red zone, liquefactioned playground & quake trashed house, Chimera Cres



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres



21.02.13. Red zone, house demolition sites & quake trashed housing, Chimera Cres


21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres







Most Chimera Cres houses were liquefaction tilted or sunk in liquefaction mud, testament to the stupidity of building housing on liquefaction prone land near a waterway.


21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres









Latimer Sq. A tree planting, memorial service was held for Kings Education families who'd lost loved ones in the collapsed CTV bldg, 22.02.11 quake. 115 died in the CTV collapse, including 81 students & staff of Kings Education language school (One News).


21.02.13. Red zone, mowed parkland near waterway, Chimera Cres. Grass already grown over liquefaction mud


21.02.13. Red zone, waterway between Chimera Cres & Anzac Dr. Port Hills beyond



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed concrete & iron drain, Chimera Cres



21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres




 

21.02.13 Red zone, quake trashed housing, Chimera Cres. Port Hills beyond


21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres








True to form, CERA boss Sutton announced another CERA delay in reviewing its Port Hills residential red zoning - review delays from Xmas, then end of February, then manana. CERA delayed, then made pathetic excuses for delays. (The Press). Current court case: a couple questioned their insurer claiming their red zone house was repairable, instead of more expensively replaceable. CERA's delays pended the court ruling, a precedent. The insurer's case was farcical, as it was pointless repairing a red zone house where CERA / NZ govt forced red zoners to abandon red zone land & housing. 


21.02.13. Red zone, quake trashed house, Chimera Cres





By 2015 most Atlantis St & Chimera Cres housing was demolished by CERA. Most of the land reverted to swampland, bogged with reeds & mud holes.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Kings Education victims remembered (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Land zoning review delayed again (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Red zoning just doesn't make sense (The Press / Stuff Co).

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