Topic: Dudley Creek, Christchurch

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Dudley Creek begins in Bishopdale and runs through Papanui, Mairehau and St Albans to Shirley. Parts have been attractively landscaped but other parts are still a boxed drain.

Dudley Creek begins in Bishopdale, crossing into Papanui under Greers Road. It then meanders to Blighs Road, bypasses the old Papanui Police Station before flowing east under Papanui Road. Flowing towards Shirley the creek eventually crosses Aylesford Street and winds its way across Shirley Road, past Churchill Courts, St Albans Creek. Further down Stapletons Road, past Churchill Courts, St Albans Creek flows into Dudley as well. After leaving Stapletons Road our creek flows towards North Parade and Banks Avenue. New houses have been built along this stretch, taking advantage of the stream setting  .Dudley Creek ends at River Road where it flows into the Avon River, and this end of the creek is tidal.  (Source: Christchurch City Libraries)

The creek has flooded regularly over the years causing problems for nearby residents.  A major flood occured in 1974 but following the diversion into Horshoe Lake it caused few problems until the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 & 2011.  

These resulted major alterations to the levels of the surrounding land, the creek itself and the Avon into which it flows and heavy flooding has inundated the surrounding streets and some houses after prolonged and heavy rain, most recently in 2014. 

In November 2014 the Cuty Council released its Preferred Option for Long term Flood Remediation and in August 2015 Option C was selected from the three options presented in the  Dudley Creek Flooding Remediation: downstream options report.

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