Can the soil and silt ejected as a result of liquefaction, that is subsequently removed from a property, be categorized as a form of land damage? If so is this covered by EQC and if so how is the ‘loss’ quantified?
Asked: 7 July 2015
Category: Land claim
Christchurch City Council advises:
Christchurch City Council's response to the first part of the question:
The removal of liquefied soils would have ultimately been approved by the Civil Defence National Controller as part of the process to clear such material off streets, public areas etc. Residents were advised that if they wanted the liquefied soil removed from their private property they should put this on the road.
In many cases it was the Student Army, Farmy Army etc. that removed soil from private property and placed it on the road. These voluntary groups were working to support those in the affected community members who didn't have the means or ability to remove the soil.