RAIN AND FLOODS.
TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR AT WAIHI.
(By Te'.egraph.— Own CorrespondeuU
WAIHI, Monday night.
Owing to aii exceptional downpour of rain, low-lying parts of Waihi were flooded to-day, and heavy rain is still falling. A portion of H. P. Barry's and Ulphs' grounds near the river is under water. Mr Barry's motor car had to be rescued. Worth's paddock adjoining was also covered. The Grand Junction Company's pumping station on the bank of the river was covered within five feet of the top. The water is only a few feet off Taurahga Bridge and 13 rapidly rising. The lower part of the township is lialf under water, but ho damage has been done to property yet. This is reported to be the heaviest ffood experienced here. If the water rises further many residents on the flat portions will have to leave their houses. /WAIHI, this day. Mr. Devereux reports that the rainfall during 24 hours yesterday was G. 87, constituting a record for this period. The flood has now abated. Two 'bridges were carried away between Katikati and Wa'ihi.. Tile mail-coach has been stuck up between here a,nd Athenree, and cannot proceed either way, there being no bridges. At Mr. Ulph's residence, next Mr. Barry's, Miss Ulph had to be carried out owing to the rising waters threatening to sweep in. The flood came within a foot of the floor of the building. Tire water on the river-bank at Terraee-voad, was five feet deep. No serious damage is reported. The tota-1 rainfall this month to date is 19.54, and the present ie the biggest flood ever 3een in the district. PAEROA, Monday. Heavy rain has been failing all day. The river is oh the verge of overflowing, arid the main drain is running bank high.
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