RESCUES BY BOAT
P.A. _ CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Serious flooding, in some places woi ss than in the big floods of May, 1923, have occurred throughout Canterbury. Many places are isolated from telegraphic communication, snd places north of Christchurch are without rail services. Kaiapoi has been one of the places worst affected. There, in places, the water has reached the window sills of houses. People are being evacu j ated in boats, and sick people are being taken from their houses in boats and accommodated in the borough liall. Late reports from the south state that the rivers north of Ashburton are still rising, and the Selwyn River is reported to be 12 feet above normal. Lyttelton has been cut off from the city, except for- the train service, which has not yet been affected. All telegraph and telephone services with the port have been lost. Anxiety of Residents In Christchurch itself the flooding has not been as severe as in the floods ldst May, but, with heavy rain still falling and high tide not until 4.30 this afternoon, residents in tha area affected are viewing the rising waters with considerable anxiety. Kaiapoi is threatened with the worst floods of its history. Already some parts of the town are under four feet of water and, although the tide is running out, the water is still rising at the rate of about half an inch an hour. People of Kaiapoi are expecting the worst when full tide occurs late this afternoon. The sick people evacuated by boat are being housed in the Technical College, as) well as the borough hall, and meals are being cooked there for people driven from their homes. Council employees were up all night trying to free drains, but they have proved incapable of handling the volume of . water. . By 11 o'clock this morning water ; was pouring into houses over the Avindow sills. The position was such I in Kaiapoi this morning that resi- ] dents fully anticipated the flood to i equal, if not exceed, the 1923 one. < On that occasion over six feet of i water invaded the town. By 11 < this morning 4.58 inches of rain had fallen in the town and torrential rain ; was still falling. Wide Areas Inundated J With 21in of water over the road- ; way, residents of Carrick Street, St. ] Albans, were evacuated from their ( homes this morning when a creek overflowed. Flooding in the northern i part of the city was .far worse than ] was the case in May. Wide areas were all under anything from a foot c to 21in of water at 11.30 this morn- i ing, and the water was still rising, j The flood was only an inch or two i off the doorsills< in some State houses in the Harrison Street block. £ Waterfalls cascading off hillsides c added to the volume of a first-class t flood in the Sumner and Redcliffs c Valleys where drains proved inade- ] quate to handle the water. c
The rain has ruined conditions for the spring sowing of wheat and caused a prospect of considerable lamb losses.
The season has been fairly well suited to spring sowing and after a spell of fine weather last week the land was coming into good order. There were expectations that by next week good progress would be made in preparation for this seasonal work. A preliminary survey, however, indicated that the land was now not likely to be ready again in time for spring sowing.
Some homes were evacuated at Rangiora and adjacent districts yesterday and in the town itself water entering the gasworks interrupted the service and the reserve supply is running out.
Temporary telegraph lines to the south laid after the recent snow damage short-circuited in the rain and interrupted communications. Some secondary roads are impassable. In Christchurch drains could not cope with the surplus water and many suburban streets were flooded.
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STILL RISING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945
STILL RISING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945
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