During yesterday the river was gradually falling, and at seven o'clock last evening it had fallen at least two or three feet. The streets of Christchurch that were inundated have, with one or two exceptions, become clear of water. The portion of Oxford Terrace from the Clarendon Hotel to Gloucester street is in the worst condition, there being still a considerable quantity of water lying there. The damage done by the flood in Christchurch and immediate vicinity is not so extensive
as the vastness of the flood gave reason to fear would be the case. The different bridges, with one exception, withstood the force of the stream without sustaining material damage. The foot bridge, however, that connects the eastern and western portion of Worcester-street, was early this morning swept away by the strength of the current down the river for a distance of about 150 yards, when it was luckily secured by ropes, thus avoiding the danger of its being dashed against the next bridge, and perhaps doing it serious harm. The bridge at Lane's mill remains uninjured by the flood, the only damage there was, consisting in the removal of the rails at the western end so as to allow the water to flow more freely. A portion of the northern end of Colombo bridge was destroyed, the cause being the rottenness of some of the piles at that end; some portion of the bank also gave way in consequence of the continual stream of water dashing against it. The Government, Market, Madras, and Stanmore bridges all escaped without injury. On each side of the river bank, a short distance from below Madras bridge, for a long way down, cottages were flooded with water, and the inmates had to beat hasty retreats, and in .some cases remove their furniture to places of safety. At Avonside and in the neighbourhood of the Sandhills, very large streams of water were lying.
.■ "We learn that at Fendaltown Mr. , ißoaa, has had 300 sheep drowned, and 1(300 acres under crop totally destroyed (by the flood. We hear—although we fcannot vouch for the truth of the statement —that 3000 sheep, the property of Captain "Westenra, have been drowned.
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THE FLOOD., Press, Volume XII, Issue 1637, 6 February 1868
THE FLOOD. Press, Volume XII, Issue 1637, 6 February 1868
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