10 years since big floods

Last updated 12:00 07/02/2014

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Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the February 2004 Manawatu floods.

To mark the occasion Horizons Regional Council has been taking stock of all the work done since to protect Manawatu from future floods.

Horizons is planning on showcasing this work at two community gatherings next weekend.

"As central Feilding was severely flooded in 2004, our first stall will be at the Feilding Farmers' Market on Friday, February 14. The stall will display what happened during the event and what work Horizons has done since then," Horizons Regional Council chairman Michael McCartney said.

"This will include an interactive flood puzzle, photos and video from the event and staff will be available to answer any questions. We will then take the stall to The Plaza shopping centre in Palmerston North on Saturday, February 15.

"We can't wait to hear people's stories from the floods and hope they come down to the market or Plaza to check out all the improvements we have made."

Mr McCartney said the floods of 2004 caused widespread damage throughout the region.

"Our communities will always remember the 2004 floods as we have never seen a flood of that magnitude before," he said.

"It's estimated the economic impact on the region was to the tune of $300 million, with over $24m of this suffered by our erosion and flood control schemes."

After the anniversary, the display will be taken to the Central District Field Days in Feilding next month.

Horizons is also putting together a commemorative feature that will run in several community papers throughout the region from February 17 to 20. The Manawatu Standard is planning a series of stories starting next week commemorating the floods, remembering what happened and looking at how prepared the region is now.

We're keen to hear people's stories from 2004.

For details on how to contribute, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/manawatustandard

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- Manawatu Standard

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