FEARS AT HAWERA
WATER RAPIDLY SUBSIDES
(By Telegraph — Press Association.)
HAWERA, This Day. With twelve inches of water flowing above the decking, fears were entertained this morning for the safety of the temporary bridge on the main south road across the Tangahoe River, but the water rapidly subsided and the bridge is still open for traffic. Torrential rain fell during last night and the river rose raipdly until at 7 o'clock this morning a tremendous volume of water was coursing from the back country. The scene was reminiscent of the disastrous flood on February 11 last, when the old bridge was carried bodily out to sea. The rain eased this morning, and in two hours the level of the river fell four feet. Heavy hail and snow fell on Mount Egmont. There were many minor-slips in the back country, and several roads were flooded, but all are now clear. The high wind uprooted trees and brought down telegraph poles, Hawera being isolated for two hours. Fences in some districts were flattened and wireless masts levelled. The Minister of Public Works (the Hon. J. Bitchener) met a deputation from local .bodies at Manaia and Hawera this morning, and later left for Patea. To the Hawera County Council, which made a request for further assistance in repairing the recent flood damage, he pointed out that the Department had no fund for the purpose, and any grants were from the Treasury. However, he was sympathetic and would assist where it was possible.
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FEARS AT HAWERA, Evening Post, Volume CXIX, Issue 120, 23 May 1935
FEARS AT HAWERA Evening Post, Volume CXIX, Issue 120, 23 May 1935
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