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BETWEEN NELSON AND BLENHEIM.

The damage along the coach road can as yet hardly be estimated. Early on Saturday morning Mr LittlejoLa, County Engineer, received word that the Wangamoa bridge, at the foot of the Wangamoa hill on the other side, was swept away, and this news has since been confirmed. Mr Tom Newman and JMr John Gay endeavored to get through this line yesterday in connection with the unfortunate death of Mr Kichardson, but got no further than the first stables, wher3 word was given them that there was also a wash-out at .Bull Hole, this side of Bird's Half-way House, and the Plat Creek and Pelorus bridges were also down. With regard to the Pelorus bridge, the news was telephoned from Flat Creek to Wangamoa, and thence word was brought by the roadman. . , The Chief Postmaster also received a message, stating that the "Rai" bridge was down, which may be taken to refer to the Pelorus bridge. If this fine bridge, which spans the stream at a considerable height, is gone, it must have been by means of timber against the piers, the water could • scarcely have reached the decking. Mr A. Dillon telephoned on Saturday night from Can vastown :— " Terrible flood, sheep and cattle drowned, ■bridge washed 'away, all gravel washed out front of hotel, biggest flood ever known here. " This confirms other information that the Wakamarina bridge was washed down. From another source we heard that the Canvastown road for miles was from six to ten feet under water. It has been reported that a second bridge in the Wangamoa Valley has gone, and there are a good many slips down. The Press Aasociation agent at Blenheim wired on Saturday :— " The Tuamarina district is one sheet of water, and there has been heavy loss of stock and grain. Kailway communication between Picton and Blenheim is not yet restored. Gangs of men are repairing washouts at Tuamarina. The Wairau and Opawa rivers sent down an extraordinary volume of water, and settlers in various localities suffered severely. The water trickled "over the river banking into the centre of the town, and business was practically suspended, but the streets were noc completely covered. The flood waterg commenced to subside during the afternoon." Yesterday the agent wired:— Ine flood waters have subsided, and it appears that the loss of stock and grain, though exaggerated in first reports, are considerable. The principal loss has been in respect to grain 'in water left on the ground after threshing. Workmen were engaged to-day in repairing the breaches on the railway between Blenheim and Picton, and 'it; is expected communication will be restored to-morrow. A report from "Havelock states that the flood in the Pelorus district is the biggest ever known, and stock have been drowned all over the place, while three bridges have been washed away."

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BETWEEN NELSON AND BLENHEIM., Colonist, Volume XLVI, Issue 10980, 21 March 1904

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BETWEEN NELSON AND BLENHEIM. Colonist, Volume XLVI, Issue 10980, 21 March 1904

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