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PHENOMENAL RAINFALL.

DAMAGE AT WAIHI BEACH. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) WAIHI, this day. Mr. H. B. Devereaux, F.R.M.S., reports as follows: "Acting upon information received, I rode out to ,the valley on the Waihi side of Waihi Beach Mine, embracing the Waihi Discovery claim, and all round are to be seen evidences of extraordinary rainfall. For a radius of a mile there are innumerable landslips, but what is most noticeable is the long distances which boulders, soil, and frees have been transported.. The stream bed is almost unrecognisable, and large quantities of debris have been carried down to the beach, the stream having cut a fresh outlet through the sandhills, about 300 yds to the cast of the previous one. On some of the flats soil and boulders have been deposited to a depth of several feet, the material having been carried for some distance up the valley. Everywhere there are evidences of a sudden burst. Mr. Shaw, who got away in the nick of time, says that the whole thing occurred within twenty minutes, and that the water came down in a wall. One of the Waihi Discovery Co.'s sheds has been demolished by a landslip, and Mr. Shaw states that the damage done to his fences has been severe. Right along the hills to Athenreo large slips can be seen. It is stated that the rainfall was exceptionally heavy further south. It is evident that the rainfall recorded here on tbe 20th was insignificant compared with that which was precipitated in the neighbourhood of the beach."

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PHENOMENAL RAINFALL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909

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