Rangiotu paddocks completely submerged video

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Flooding on Main Drain Road in Rangiotu.

Rangiotu residents hope there is no more rain in the Manawatu settlement, as dozens of paddocks were left with fence posts just poking out of the water.

Main Drain Rd paddocks were filled with muddied water on Thursday afternoon, with some driveways submerged. 

Residents feared another deluge would flood their homes in a repeat of 2015 floods. 

Anna McNiall and Quayde, 1, are worried their Main Drain Rd, Rangiotu, house is going to flood as it did in 2015.
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Anna McNiall and Quayde, 1, are worried their Main Drain Rd, Rangiotu, house is going to flood as it did in 2015.

Main Drain Rd resident Anna McNiall​ said flooding had affected 10 paddocks surrounding the house.

"[On Wednesday] night, there were patches of grass that looked like islands. I woke up [on Thursday] and it was full."

McNiall counted herself lucky that the flooding hadn't reached the house as it had in 2015, when her home was almost a metre deep in water. 

Caution signs are up at Main Drain Rd, Rangiotu, after floodwaters reached the tarmac.
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Caution signs are up at Main Drain Rd, Rangiotu, after floodwaters reached the tarmac.

"We are preparing and waiting and seeing. We can't really do much.

"We are just going to play it by ear."

McNiall said two years ago, her home didn't flood until a few days after the heavy rain, and she feared that would happen again. 

Sheds are almost submerged when farms were flooded on Main Drain Rd, Rangiotu.
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Sheds are almost submerged when farms were flooded on Main Drain Rd, Rangiotu.

Rangiotu resident Mary Dorn​ was also worried about a repeat of the 2015 flooding, where the bank broke and the house was surrounded by water. 

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"Two years ago, I lost all my garden. You wouldn't have been able to get near the house."

Fortunately, it had not come to that yet this time around, she said.

Flooding on Main Drain Road, Rangiotu.
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Flooding on Main Drain Road, Rangiotu.

Horizons Regional Council controller Craig Grant said the worst of the weather had passed through by Thursday.

"However, surface flooding, slips and road closures could still be an issue, as we have seen a lot of water in a very short time.

"Rivers across the region are full, but falling, and continue to remain within their channels."

In a statement, Horizons said with the remnants of tropical cyclone Debbie now passed, Horizons was turning its focus to recovery.

Horizons controller Ged Shirley said the council would continue to monitor river levels, which continued to recede. 

"There is still a lot of water moving through the Manawatu River and the Moutoa floodgates will remain open until sometime in the early hours of [Thursday] morning."

More information about support for rural areas will be available in the coming days from Horizons. 

 - Stuff

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