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Recent Flooding

Around the world, news media has been reporting flooding.  We had our little bit too.  What kept us busy was the sustained nature of the rainfall.  It was not very heavy but it came down for more than three days.  I expected we would have lots of water around.  We were relatively lightly flooded for the huge amounts of water that fell.

A road near home has water flowing across it.  Navigable!  Nuisance!!

Looking across the road we can see fruit trees with their "feet" wet.  OK if it is only for a day or two.

The Karamu Stream is usually 3 metres wide here.  At the moment the width of the stream would be ten times that.....  more than 30 metres.

Overlooking the Tukituki River.  Even if it is called a river, it really is hardly more than a stream in summer.  Here it has overflowed its usual bed and spread onto the grass fields lining the river.

Tukituki again.  There is a lot of water in here.

It has stopped raining!  The water is still rising for the start of the river is up in the Ruahine Ranges more than a hundred kilometres away.

The upper bridge across the Tukituki is called  "The Red Bridge".Normally you can wade across here......  in summer anyway.

Red Bridge looking south.

On the way to the Black Bridge, the Tukituki Bridge near the river mouth.  Another farmer has fruit trees with wet feet!

If only the rain would come in the dry part of summer!!!.

At least the road is still open.

Tukituki from the Black Bridge, looking toward the river mouth in the North.

Looking South from the Black Bridge.  The Red Bridge is about seven or eight kms away upstream.

Beautiful clear water it is not!

The Ngaruroro is also full.  This river springs from the Kawekas, nearly a hundred km north of the spring of the Tukituki. It is full today.  I have seen the river so full that the ute wold have been drowned.  That was in the 1970s.

This river is normally only one third this size.

There is still plenty of room under the bridge for bigger floods.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the flooding that was caused by three days of steady rain.  It rarely rains for more than that.....   thank goodness.

Cheers Chris the Pipemaker

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