From Our Special Correspondent.
By Electric Teltbgraph.
FLOODS AT WAIROA.
RIVER STILL RISING. Wairoa, May 18.
What is considered by many old residents the severest flood known is j now racing down tbe river, whilst most of the suhutbin areas are under water. Heavy rain pet in on Satur day, and by the evening a stiff so i'wester was blowing, which increased to a full gale at midnight. These conditions have pertained ever since, and so far there is no sign of tbe wind abating, although the rain has somewhat slackened. The harbour works, which are in an unfinished state, bave had a severe test, but no damage wbatp\er has oc curred, except to a portion of tbe in shore staging, where ten feet has been wrecked. Owing to a punt loaded with a crane and moored in the stream breaking away, the contractor, besides losing tbe punt and crane, has lost a tug and another punt, which also broke away. There is no sign of tbe derelicts, and doubtless tbey bave gone to sea. Several small buildings hive been washed away. Many slips bave occurred on tbe roadst but so- far stock losses are reported not to be heavy.
Mr Powdrell lost 400 hoggets.
At 11 a.m. news from Mobaka states tbat the river has risen to the top of the piles of Mohnka Bridge A quantity of debris baa lodged, and fears for its eafety are entertained. The approach is now being washed away,' It is still raining, and, if the downpour continue?, tbe bridge must go. Five chains of tbe Mohaba Hill road came down, and slips occurred all over tbe district.
Yesterday the Glendining's at Wii buia bad to leave their residence, and f-eek shelter on tbe the hills.
The Awatere river, north of tho borough, overflowed, and considerable damage was caused to the property of North Clyde residents and merchants. Tke Wairoa river is still rising. The overflow has been officially esti rualei at 8,000,000 cubic feet per minute, and is also stili rising.
All communication with the north is interrupted.
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TELEGRAPHIC, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4397, 19 May 1914
TELEGRAPHIC Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4397, 19 May 1914
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