HEAVY SEA AT RAROTONGA.
BRIDGES DESTROYED. (From Oar Own Correspondent.) RAROTOXC.A, March 20. On the evening of Saturday. March (!, the south-west side of Raior.onga wavi: ited by an abnormally high tide, the sea breaking over the reef in huge rollers. The weather otherwise was fine and there was little or no wind. The water in the lagoon Waino higher and higher, reaching to the level of the road which skirts the beach. The people living in the vicinity took measures to remove to higher ground their canoes, copra trays and other articles.
About one o'clock on Sunday morning. those who were watching were surprised to >cc two immense wave.-, apparently tidal waves, closely follow one another into the lagoon and thence break over the road and rush up the creeks. The immense volume of water surging up the creeks, together with the backward rush, did an immense amount of damage to the bridges, of which there are about nine at this part of Rarot-onga.
The wooden bridge at the creek near Mr. Davis' plantation was lifted off the piles and fell back out of position.
At Mr. Connal's plantation, where the creek was about twenty feet wide, the banks were washed away, the wooden bridge canied bodily up the creek, and the stream widened to over thirty feet.
The. eastern approach to the Papua concrete bridge at Mr. Blame's plantation was washed away, but the bridge itself was virtually undamaged.
A wooden bridge, about forty feet long, near Mr. Taylor':) plantation, was wholly destroyed, not a vestige of the bridge remaining.
Some of the piles Inder the wooden bridge at Mr. Wigm Ire's were shifted out of position.
The approaches to the concrete bridge at Rutaki were washed away, and the foundations of the bridge undermined, causing the wings of the bridge and part of the bridge itself to collapse.
A great portion of the beach front was washed away, causing the destruction of many cocoanut trees.
At Mr. Brown's plantation the water reached up to his house, and it is estimated that the height of the water must have been at least ten feet above ordinary spring tides.
A gang of men has been put on to Tepair the damage, which is estimated at about £700.
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