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Floods m the County.

£ g a renult of yesterday's nor'west gale melting the enow on the hillp, the Ashburton river was rnnning bank to bank this morning. In its progress the gale caught a good mtiny windmills and levelled them to the ground.—Reports frcra the Wakanui and other districts show that a good many stacks of grain have fceen badly damaged by the gale, trees uprooted and farm buildings damaged. Oor Springburn correspondent telegraphs stating that the heavy rain and melting snow have flooded the rivers. The roads are all scoured and Springburn is isolated. The Telegraph Department advises us that telegraphic communication with the north is completely interrupted. The Eakaia is running from bank to bank and is level with the bridge, and the telegraph wireß and posts on the bridge are down. The morning train from Methven to Eakaia was unable to get through to-day, being struck up at Lyndhurst by a wash out m the line, which is covered with water to the depth of 18 inches. At Lauriston there is about two feet of water on the railway line, and the road leading to the station is almost impassable, the water being up to the trap axles. The water is coming from which is known a3 Dry Creek, which is fed from Mount Hutt. Little damage was done m the Lauriston district by the gale, only a few trees being uprooted. The Chertsey-Methven road is covered with water to a depth of from two to six fact whete scoured out. The Lauriston- Barrhill road is also under water, The Ashburton river is coming over its banks below the Winchtnore Homestead, and the paddocks are under water for two milea down. The river is coming m below Digby's bridge on the town side, and is also cutting into the road over the bridge near Mr Molntyre's. The Hinds river is up, and some of the Mayfield residents, travelling m vehicles, experienced great inconvenience this morning m crossing the river there. In one ca?e a horse was led across the footbridge, while the trap was carried bodily over by the occupants. At Greenstreet the north and south branches of the river are meeting, and at a point below Mr Mcßae's and opposite Mr Slack's the water was coursing down the road this morning as high as a horse's girths. When the gale was at its height yesterday at the time when the telegraph poles on the north road near the Domain were blown down, Mr J. McLeod happened to be out driving and bis gig was caught up and then thrown over by the violence of the blast. During the gale yesterday a skylight over the front shop of Mr M. J. Bargess m East Street was blown clean out, and landed several yards away, being shattered to pieces. The large roof covering Mr Mitchell's dining rooms, and the back of Mr A. T. H. Williams's premises m East Street, lifted about six inches at one. end, during the height of the gale, and at once fell back into place, very little damage being done. A similar thing happened to the roof covering the annexe to thß Arcade, which also tilted up a few inches, and then subsided into its,place again. The gale yesterday blew down several big trees m the Ashburton (Domain, and at the Eacecourse ; at tke latter place several yards of the new wire fencing was destroyed At Mr D. Thomas's Arcade office yesterday the skylight immediately over the counter was blown into the air, and m descending fell back into the office, narrowly missing Mr Simpson, who were standing near the counter at the time. The second express ran off the rails at Eangitata. No damage was done except that the rails were torn up and the front of the engine and cowcatcher slightly damaged. It was expected that a delay of about two hours would occur.

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THE LATEST. THE WEATHER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6604, 24 June 1905

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THE LATEST. THE WEATHER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6604, 24 June 1905

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