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This is how we're responding in Waimakariri.

Flood protection

While climate change projections show that overall it will be drier in Waimakariri with less annual rainfall, the frequency and severity of storms are expected to increase meaning flooding is a key impact the district needs to prepare for.

Environment Canterbury manages flood protection and controls work for the region. The region's largest scheme, the Waimakariri-Eyre-Cust Scheme, provides flood protection from the Waimakariri River to the Greater Christchurch area. Without it, a catastrophic flood could cause an estimated $12 billion in damage.

Thanks to a climate resilience grant, Environment Canterbury is able to fast-track further flood protection for Kaiapoi and remove vegetation choking the Ashley-Rakahuri and Okuku rivers which will help prevent flooding.