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GREAT DAMAGE TO FARMS AND OTHER PROPERTIES, CHRISTCHURCH, September 11. Reports continue to come to hand of great damage done in the country districts by the north-west gale on Monday night. Farmers will probably besevere sufferers, for itisstafced on all sides that lately ploughed and sown soil has been blown completely away, and that the seed had drifted up against the fence. In many instances paddocks are swept bare of every vestige of loose soil, and this has been deposited on adjoining roads or piled up on a level with the fences, which in some cases are covered by it. The Sheffield correspondent of the 'Lyttelton Times’ describes the soil thus blown away as passing over in clouds that obscured the moonlight and filled the houses in that and thje neighboring townships. The schools were closed yesterday, the people being busy cleaning the dirt out of their dwellings. Stacks, outhouses, and sheds naturally suffered severely everywhere. At Oxford the bush caught fire, and three houses wet,e burnt to the ground, while a stable wap blown down, The Homebush railway station was destroyed. Sheffield suffered, but not su severely q, s Ashburton, where the fall force of the gale was felt. The telegraph wires were blown down, the poles being snapped like carrots. The roof was blown off the Loan and Mercantile Agency’s bjig store. All round the district has suffered. The newly-erected engine-shed at Springston, Mount (Somers district,| is completely destroyed, while outhouses, stables, and trees have been blown down. At Geraldine racecourse the grand stand is deroofed, and grain stacks have been damaged. The gale was felt with great force generally throughout South Canterbury.

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HEAVY GALE IN SOUTH CANTERBURY., Evening Star, Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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HEAVY GALE IN SOUTH CANTERBURY. Evening Star, Issue 8009, 11 September 1889