The Ensor family of Tyntesfield could not leave their farm this morning after the flooded Omaka River formed a new channel that blocked their exit.
Lisa Ensor said four-year-old Harriet and two-year-old Hugo were excited at plans to Skype children at their kindergarten today because they could not attend.
The Marlborough District Council website shows 111mm of rain fell during the 24 hours to 11am at its Ramshead climate recording station, upstream from Tyntesfield. This was the most rain recorded at any of the sites monitored by the council.
Water was just under a bridge crossing the Omaka River just below their property at 9am, Mrs Ensor said. The bridge had been washed out by the river two years ago.
By mid-morning, the rain was still coming in waves but it was warm, she said.
A slip that closed the Awatere Valley Rd about 30km from SH1 early this morning was cleared by 8.30am.
Farmer Keith van Asch of the Awatere Valley said road crews had removed the slip on Aotea Saddle, just past his gate, by the time he took a look this morning.
About 60mm of rain had fallen and there was a lot of surface water, he said.
A Marlborough Roads spokesman said a road crew left at first light after a farmer let them know about the slip on Aotea Saddle, 30km from SH1. They then cleared a second smaller slip that had reduced traffic to one lane about 10km further up the Awatere Valley.
Rainfall measurements by the Marlborough District Council in the 24 hours to 11am today include 111mm at Ramshead at the head of the Omaka Valley, 55mm in the Awatere Valley, 54.2mm at Onamalutu, 41mm at Wakamarina and 37mm at Top Valley near Lake Rotoiti.
A Marlborough District Council spokeswoman said the river levels were the highest in two years.
Farmer Bruce Kirkwood said in the 15 years he had farmed near Old Renwick Rd he had never seen the river so high. Rivers in the area flooded about once a year, he said.
Drylands Restaurant Dietmar Schnarre said although Hammerichs Rd was closed just before the restaurant towards Old Renwick Rd the road was open north of the restaurant out to Rapaura Rd and the day was business as usual.
"We still have customers coming from the Rapaura side and our functions are still on, it's just a matter of communication. It's a normal flood that happens ever year, last year we had the same."
He did not think the flooding across the road was higher than in previous years.
- The Marlborough Express