FLOODS ON WEST COAST
MUCH DAMAGE TIE-PORTED.
RAILWAY TRAFFIC INTER RUTTED.
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("iKFA'MOUTIT, Dwmbcr 14.
Grey month had a rare midsummer experience l.ijt nitrht, w'hcu one of th» heaviest Hoods on record deluged th«< town. Tho river on Sunday monii.%' was little more than normal, several steamers hiiviiiL' departed and entered on tho morninrr (JH,» l,ul. riurine tho day it gradually rose, until 6 o'ebwk, when the fiicbclLs. pivo tho alarm. Tho river was then a i-a.-'iiiL- torrent, -and running bank-high. At" 7 30 is bepmi to trickle over the lower end of the wharf, until at 9 o'clock tho whole'wharf was awash and the town was Hooded—to a depth of 6ft in Mawhera quay , J , Such a- llood was scarcely expected, as the previous rain was not heavy, and only lasted 20 hours, hut the downfall was hea-vv in the country, and melted the •■now". The water rose with extraordinary rapidity, and by 10 o'clock tho business nortio:': and loVJying (residential area were under water. There were washouts on the railway line at M.v.vheraiti, ilkfrmatua, Totara Fiat, and Ngahere. At ono place two miles of lino are under water. The trains on the Blackball branch a-ro suspended, E-evrn chains of lino being swept away. This will stop the export of coal from Dlavkball for two or three weeks. The Otira lino was only tlightly damaged. The settlors lost heavily in regard tc live stock. The front street of the. town to-day was like a gravel pit. Boundary strep* presents nothing so much as a "huge tailings site. The business people were astir. and all (joods were placed counter-high. but notwithstanding this a good deal of damage was done by water and silt. Shipping masters and crews of the vessel? in port had a trying time. The waters receded about 3 o'clock this morning, and tho town is fast resuming its normal appearance. Later. The damage to the Blackball Railway is not so extensive as at first thoughtIt will be repaired in a couple of days The settlers have lost much stock. Thf damage is small, considering that it \\A. a record iloygLj
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FLOODS ON WEST COAST, Evening Star, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914