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Oh, what fun: it continues [Apr. 28th, 2010|07:22 pm]
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Somewhere, under all the water, are West Plains Road and Taramoa West Plains Road:


And there's more heavy rain coming overnight and tomorrow (it was already raining in Te Anau by knock off time tonight). Luckily, the floodbanks* have been holding (the flooded area in the photograph is land all owned by "Environment Southland" - i.e. the old Catchment Board - and specifically intended to be somewhere for the floodwaters to go so they don't knock the airport out of action, like they did in 1984).

The full civil defence machine hasn't been mobilised yet (thankfully - if it is I'm one of the mugs who will have to try to help co-ordinate things) and I'm hoping there isn't going to be more water than the floodbanks can cope with in the overnight rain.

* Can the radio announcers please stop calling them "levees"? This is New Zealand, not America.

[User Picture]From: quietdarkness
2010-04-28 11:46 am (UTC)
They are only levees in certain parts of the country. Here we call them dikes, and we ain't exactly Holland.

So what do you call them in New Zealand? That's some impressive floodwaters.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2010-04-28 12:30 pm (UTC)
Floodbanks, stopbanks, flood protection schemes, river control... generally names like that.

There's some good pictures here (which is where I nicked the above picture from). Click on the one of the Mataura (note spelling) River at Athol and it will take you through a slide-show of flood pictures (including one of an obviously concrete bridge labelled "the Iron Bridge". Yes, there is a reason for that, but it involves a bridge that hasn't been there since some time last century...)

Floods are a fairly regular happening down here... we get a notable one every ten years or so. Ones I definitely remember are from 1978, 1984, 1987, 1999 and now this year's one (and minor floods are even more common - there was one less than a year ago).

The newspaper site linked above have just gone and put their 1984 flood 25th anniversary retrospective display back up... must still have had it archived somewhere from last January.
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