Storm brings flooding

Last updated 07:18 06/05/2013

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People in parts of Blenheim and wider Marlborough would have had trouble getting out of their homes this morning, with surface flooding lapping at their doorsteps, blocking driveways and covering streets and roads.

The flooding was a result of heavy rain during the night, accompanied by rolling thunder storms.

More than 60mm of rain was recorded in parts of the region, including Blenheim and Rarangi.

Some streets in Blenheim were covered by surface flooding, thought to be the result of leaves blocking drains. The Taylor River was also running high, which may have held up some of the water running out of the drains.

Large areas of Scott St north of Alabama Rd were under water early this morning, and the water was also across the road in Seymour St near the St John Ambulance headquarters.

Some of the flooding was marked with warning signs.

State Highway 1 through the Weld Pass was down to one lane in places, although traffic was still getting through.

The Marlborough District Council website early this morning says a narrow band of heavy rainfall was feeding on to the region, with some high intensity falls particularly near Blenheim.

At this stage smaller catchments were most likely to be affected, with high overland runoff, and urban areas and roads may experience surface flooding, it says.

The council website records 72mm of rain at Rarangi during the 24 hours to 6.30am today. Other reading are: Blenheim 63.5mm, Rai Valley 52.5mm, Waikawa 52mm, Onamalutu 47.

The rain band was coastal, with only 4.4mm recorded at St Arnaud in the southern part of the region.

The rain was expected to continue throughout the day, including the possibility of more thunder the lightning, easing tonight with mainly fine weather tomorrow.

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- The Marlborough Express


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