Police have found the man who abandoned a silver BMW car near a stretch of State Highway 6 that flooded at the weekend.
Marlborough Highway Patrol manager Sergeant Barrie Greenall said this morning polie were looking for the owner of the car after it was caught in flood waters. He wanted the owner to get in touch with police.
He has since spoken to the car owner, who was safe and well, Mr Greenall said.
The man had hitched a ride in a truck back to Rangiora after his car was flooded with water yesterday while trying to cross Daltons Culvert, on the Havelock side of Canvastown.
A blue BMW and a Mitsubishi car were also abandoned at the same place after being waterlogged.
A farm worker used a tractor to rescue the people in a blue BMW.
All three cars were ransacked on Sunday night.
This was disgusting, Mr Greenall said.
''People have found themselves in trouble, and did the best they could to get out of a bad situation, and some lowlife has gone along and broken into their vehicles.''
Meanwhile, contractors were out today fixing the seal on Kaimua Bay Rd and culverts which had lifted in some places, causing ''major pot holes'', Mr Greenall said. Residents were not cut off as the road was still useable.
All roads around the region are open today but some are down to one lane.
Businesses and residents in the worst affected areas of Canvastown and the Wakamarina Valley are facing a big a clean-up job over the next few days.
Pelorus Conservation Camping Ground acting manager Janet Neal, who was looking after the grounds while the owners were away, said there was 5m of water in the camping ground.
A Tauranga couple and their two-year-old in the camp on Saturday had to be taken into the shop for shelter. They left early today when the roads reopened, Mrs Neale said. The Pelorus River was as high as it was during the December 2010 flood, she said.
But both the river level and flooding in the grounds had receded this morning.
Department of Conservation Havelock ranger Maurice Brown said the water supply was back on at the grounds and the cafe/shop about 11am after being cut when the intake was blocked by the flood. The owners had two 20,000 litre tanks of water to use as backup. About 6cm of water had entered the kitchen and dining area of the new building at the camping grounds. The building was only about a year old. However, there was no damage at the grounds, just ''a big clean-up job''.
Staff at the Trout Hotel in Cavastown, including owner Raymond Cresswell, were busy this morning shifting logs and branches blocking the road to the hotel.
The Marlborough District Council said staff were inspecting rivers and roads. Floodwaters were receding but motorists were advised to be extra careful as damage was still being assessed.
Drivers on State Highway 6 needed to watch out for minor surface flooding, small slips, flood debris and damage to the road seal.
The Northbank Road and the Kaituna Track are down to one lane, but remain passable.
The Marlborough Sounds was hit by heavy rain; Queen Charlotte Dr had minor slips, and Kenepuru Rd was reduced to one lane in places. Damage in the Tunakino Valley and Bulford Rd was still being assessed.
Civil Defence had been on standby in the worst affected areas. Marlborough District Council assets and eervices manager Mark Wheeler said it would be some time before the scale of the damage was known.
However, it didn't appear to be anywhere near as severe as the December 2010 floods, when the repair bill for roads and stopbanks was almost $6 million.
This story has been amended since the original version
- The Marlborough Express