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CANTERBURY FLOODS RAIN TURNS TO SNOW P.A. CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Flood waters throughout Canterbury are now receding, and the threat of further flooding has now passed. Torrential rain which continued to fall until a late hour yesterday turned to snow in country districts, and a fall of from six to three inches was reported from the foothills well down on to the plains.

Although it is early for lambing, stock losses are expected to be considerable. One farmer from Hororata reports the loss of 300 head.

On the Main North Road, 30 miles beyond Kaikoura, a slip has buried both the road and railway, but railway officials estimate that the line will be cleared and ready for the express on Monday.

In Christchurch itself the flood waters at Shirley, Avonside, Sumner and Radley have receded considerably, leaving a sea of mud and debris behind them. People evacuated from Shipley yesterday were moving back into their homes to-day.

The Main South Road was clear this morning, and the North Road was clear as far as Parnassus. The Arthur's Pass road was blocked by snow and the Lewis Pass Road is in a similar condition.

Railway lines are open with the exception of the north line, which is open only as far as Parnassus, and the Waiau line, which is not expected to be clear until Monday. Position in Kaiapoi Brilliant sunshine this morning gave Kaiapoi a chance to dry out after yesterday's record flood, and many of the evacuated families were able to return home and survey the damage. Six streets on the north side of Kaiapoi were still very much ■under water this morning, though fall in the level of the water was perceptible. The roadways, however, carried enough current to make rowing against it difficult.

•Early yesterday and during the morning close on 100 families were evacuated. In the meantime the Mayor's fund at Kaiapoi is providing necessities, but the possibility of a Government grant has been suggested. An indication of the way in which the flood has subsided this morning was given by the fact that a small car parked in Akaroa Street was covered to its rooftop at the height of the flood yesterday afternoon. This morning the water was down to the level of the bonnet.

In Christchurch yesterday about 15 men with five City Council trucks were assigned to the „work of transporting residents- to and from the flooded area and to the evacuation of those families obliged to leave through the actual flooding of their homes or through the threat of flooding.

The city engineer, Mr. E. Somers, said last night that apart from evacuating families, council trucks had been called upon to help an ambulance which was unable to get near a house to which it had been called. Perhaps 50 houses, Mr. Somers said, had the floors flooded during the day or-so nearly so that the residents had not chosen to remain. Of the people evacuated most had gone to friends, some to hotels and boarding houses, and others to the People's Palace. The council's men and trucks also assisted in rescue work of a similar nature at Sumner and in clearing slips.

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WATER RECEDING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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WATER RECEDING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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