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SOUTH ISLAND LINE BRIDGES WASHED AWAY FLOOD HAVOC AT KAIKOURA [by TKLKGIiAPII —PRESS association] CHRISXCHUItcn, Wednesday Exiensive damage to bridges on the South Island Main Trunk railway line, in the neighbourhood of Kaikoura, were reported to-day as the result of floods. Part of Kaikoura township was flooded and the town's water supply was destroyed. The approaches to the Hapuka River bridge have been washed away and with them one of the spans of the new steel railway bridge. The Clarence River bridge approaches have also been washed away and portion of the fabric damaged. At the Kahautara Kiver the central span of 30ft. on the new bridge has disappeared. A large slip occurred in the Hawkeswood cutting. After breaking its stop-banks yesterday afternoon and inundating farm lands, the Ashley River was falling today. although fears were expressed that if the rain continued there would be renewed flooding. HEAVIEST SINCE 1916 DOWNPOUR AT ASHBURTON [m* TELEGRAPH —PRESS ASSOCIATION] ASHBURTON, Wednesday The small townships of Stavelv and Springhurn are isolated. At Springburn the total rainfall has been 8.55 in., and at Stavelv 0.17 in., of which 0.77 in. foil yesterday. This is a record for one day since 1916. At May field water from the Hinds River entered one or two houses. In the south-east portion of the borough of Ashburton some houses are isolated. Gardens have been washed out and pigs drowned. The loss of stock in the county, however, is slight. OTAGO EXPERIENCE ONLY ONE SERIOUS SLIP [BY TELEGRAPH —PRESS ASSOCIATION] DUX ED IX, Wednesday Since Sunday 5-J-in. of rain has fallen in Dunedin catchment areas, but generally Otago roads are still in good condition, the only serious slip heing on Mount Cargill, where only one-way traffic is possible. The Taieri River had risen 6ft. at Outram this morning, but the rain had ceased. LOSS OF CLOVER CROPS MARLBOROUGH DISTRICT (0.C.) BLENHEIM, Wednesday Heavy southerly rains since Monday have caused flooding in several parts of Marlborough and for two days the main highway between Blenheim and Picton has been closed. Exceptional rain fell at Picton, the reading for 24 hours being just over oin. Minor flooding occurred in the township, but to-day the position was almost normal. Near Havelock the Kaituna River overflowed at several points and inundated farms, causing severe losses in the clover crops, while in some cases losses of stock are reported. Heavy damage occurred in the Waikakaho Valley, where the stream, normally not much more than a trickle, rose suddenly and borught down large quantities of heavy trees, which shattered fences and caused severe damage to the road, which probably will take weeks to repair. Stock losses are also reported in the valley. Further south, the Awatere River rose to the highest level for many years and in the higher reaches of the valley roads, bridges and groynes were damaged.

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 23919, 20 March 1941

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DAMAGE TO RAILWAY New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 23919, 20 March 1941