Heavy rain causes surface flooding, disruption in Marlborough

Alexanders Holiday Park came close to being evacuated due to flooding brought on by heavy rain.
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Alexanders Holiday Park came close to being evacuated due to flooding brought on by heavy rain.

Heavy rain in Marlborough has caused rocks to come down on main roads, surface flooding and had emergency services considering evacuating a Picton holiday park.

Firefighters and police were called to Alexanders Holiday Park, on Canterbury St, where a felled tree was blocking Waitohi Stream, which runs beside the park.

The main entrance is via a bridge crossing the stream, and emergency services were concerned the blockage combined with the heavy rain would cut off access.

Picton Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Wayne Wytenburg said firefighters and police had been considering evacuating the holiday park.

"A big stream was blocking the stream and pushing water over the top of the bridge and over the road, so people couldn't safely access the camp ground," he said.

"There's also three houses that are right on the river's edges, which previously we've had to evacuate by helping people out their bathroom windows."

However, a contractor with a digger was able to pull out the tree, which had become wedged against the bridge, reducing the flow of water and restoring access.

Wytenburg said there was no immediate danger as the camp sites were on higher ground, however he urged people near waterways to be prepared to move if the rain kept coming.

"Mother nature seems to have been causing quite a stir lately. Make sure you've got torches and dry clothes handy - people need to move reasonably quickly," he said.

A police spokeswoman said there was surface flooding on a 50 metre stretch of State Highway 1 between Koromiko and Tuamarina.

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"Traffic control are aware and they're monitoring the situation," she said.

The spokeswoman said she understood signs would be put in place warning motorists of the danger.

Marlborough residents had also been posting on social media about rocks brought onto State Highway 1, between Blenheim and Seddon by the rain.

 

More to come.

 - The Marlborough Express

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