As we previously mentioned, the road ■between Granton and Kaitangata is completely washed away, and numerous large water courses have . been make into the river and in .which water is still flowing. We are also informed that several houses have been undermined and tumbled into the channels. Our Kai angata correspondent says : — " The road from Button's to Gray'a is completely wftshctl i>w?vy as also a large portion of the. adjoining land. Gray's nursery is almost unharmed/by. the flood and his loss, which he estimated at | L3OOO, and whicli to allow for some colouring I set down at L2OOO,- would, I am certain, be amply covered by L2OO. So much for hearsay accounts. I am sorry I cannot give a few more instances of that kind, but I fear in most cases the rough estimate I sent you is too near the truth. In Gray's nursery I noticed a large bed of rhubarb growing luxuriantly, which might delight the heart of the greatest epicure. On reaching the sandspit the scene presented to the view is of the grandest description : river and sea meet and strive for mastery, and though the curling- monsters fiercsly dispute the passage, the laws of gravity must be obeyed and the river succeeds in forcing its way out. The members of the Matau Road Board. deserve great credit for the energetic manner in which .they have acted in the present emergency. Already temporary bridges have been erected over the water channels formed in the roads throughout the township of Kaitangata, and 2 )a33eT1 g e:rs have no difficulty in finding their way along the roads. The damage done to the railway ' bridge is being repaired as speedily as possible, but until the water goes off the line it' is impossible to say how much the line, has suffered.
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KAITANGATA., Clutha Leader, Volume V, Issue 223, 18 October 1878
KAITANGATA. Clutha Leader, Volume V, Issue 223, 18 October 1878
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