Chilly blast brings more misery

17:00, Jun 22 2013
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding along Waimea Terrace.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding along Waimea Tce.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Eastern Tce, Christchurch.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Eastern Tce, Christchurch.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Waimea Tce, Christchurch.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Hunter Tce, Christchurch.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Opposite Princess Margaret Hospital. Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Leeston.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Leeston.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Leeston.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Leeston.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Leeston.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Leeston.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Leeston.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Flooding in Leeston.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Sam Rawstron, 5, walks along Leeston and Lake Road.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
The Leeston Fire Station is flooded, but still operating.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
High St in Leeston was partially closed.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Nikita and Ella from Hunter Terrace, Christchurch.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
Nikita and Ella from Hunter Terrace, Christchurch.
Canterbury weather, June 22, 2013
A digger was working to keep the drain along Station Street clear.
Canterbury weather, June 22-23, 2013
Summit Rd is closed from the Sign of the Kiwi to Gebbies pass.
Canterbury weather, June 22-23, 2013
Summit Rd covered in snow.
Canterbury weather, June 22-23, 2013
A snowman on Summit Rd.

Wild weather continues to pound New Zealand, with floods and landslides striking the South Island, snow and frigid cold gripping the central North Island and thousands of people in Wellington still waiting for power to be restored.

In Dunedin, a landslide forced several families from their homes before it was declared safe for them to return.

In Leeston, torrential rain and rising floodwaters led to evacuations.

Huntsbury Hill snow
WHITE BLANKET: Snow has settled on the Port Hills. Huntsbury Hill is as pretty as a picture.
Cashmere snow
BRRRR: The snow finally hits Christchurch. Cars in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere, are covered.
Cashmere snow
WINTER DRIVE: A scooter rider braves the snow in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere.
Cashmere snow
FUN TIMES: Ocean Beso plays in the snow in Hackthorne Rd, Cashmere.
Dyers Pass Rd snow
TRAVEL DISRUPTION: Heavy snow has closed Dyers Pass Rd between Cashmere and Governors Bay.
Hackthorne Rd snow
SAFETY FIRST: Cameron Strange, of Downers, closes Hackthorne Rd in Cashmere as snow settles on the ground.
North New Brighton snow
LIGHT DUSTING: Snow settling on cleared land in the residential red zone in North New Brighton.
City centre snow
LOTS OF FLAKES: Snow falls heavily in the city centre, and begins to settle on the Christ Church Cathedral.
Christchurch snow
CITY SNOW: Snowflakes fall around the Victoria St Clock Tower.
Danielle on Brighton pier
SEASIDE: Danielle braved the freezing winds and snow to take a walk on New Brighton pier.
New Brighton Beach snow
CHILLY DAY: Snow dusts New Brighton Beach.
Cashmere snow
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Caleb Butcher has to put chains on his 4WD to get back down the hill after delivering milk and bread to his grandma in Dyers Pass Rd.
Clearing snow on Dyers Pass Rd
NO TIME WASTED: A truck clears snow on Dyers Pass Rd.
Sara Allen
WELCOME HOME: Sara Allen arrives back from Auckland to visit her mum in Cashmere.
Dyers Pass Rd closed
CLOSED: The closure of Dyers Pass Rd forces motorists to divert through Lyttelton tunnel or Gebbies Pass.
St Asaph St hole
FLOODING: The road collapsed in St Asaph St after a water main burst.
Tai Tapu farmland under water
UNDER WATER: Large areas of Tai Tapu farmland are in flood.
Birdlings Flat stormy water
STORMY SEAS: Birdlings Flat is being pounded by high seas.
Christchurch East school closed for snow
CLOSED: Christchurch East school is one of 71 in Canterbury to close for the day.
Andy Bean with Noah and Arlo
SENT HOME: Andy Bean picks up children Noah, 8, (in green) and Arlo, 6, after Christchurch East school closed.
Walking dogs in the snow
AVON RIVER WALK: Dallington dog walkers Ashley and Margaret Heywood with their charges Dash, Holly and Rusty.
Phoebe Sage
WILLING HELPER: Phoebe Sage, 8, of St Martins helps clear the snow.
Eli Hansen
SNOW DELIGHTS: Eli Hansen, 5, makes the most of a day off school to play at Victoria Park, Cashmere.

In Manawatu, a young farmer survived freezing overnight temperatures trapped under his overturned quad bike.

In Central Otago, three farmers were rescued from a remote hut after being trapped by deep snow since Thursday.

In Wellington, electricity workers battled to restore power, with 1200 houses still in the dark.

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Central Wellington
An overturned parking ticket machine shelter on Victoria St in central Wellington.
Central Wellington
Torrential rain affects Wellington commuters as they head home.
Pharazyn St, Lower Hutt
Firefighters tend to a tree down in Pharazyn St, Lower Hutt.
Victoria St
Trees broken by the storm on Victoria St in central Wellington.
Victoria St 2
Damage to a parking ticket machine shelter on Victoria St.
Boulcott St
A tree which blew over at the back of a student accommodation building on Boulcott St, narrowly missing a car.
Boulcott St 2
A tree which blew over at the back of a student accommodation building on Boulcott St, narrowly missing a car.
Countdown
Damage to Countdown in Johnsonville.
 Middleton Rd, Churton Park
A ute lies smashed by a falling tree.
A tree lies fallen across Fox St at the intersection with Awarua Rd, Ngaio.
A tree lies fallen across Fox St at the intersection with Awarua Rd, Ngaio.
Wellington storm
The storm-ravaged Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
Wellington storm
South coast resident Karen Brodie with a fish she found washed up on the Esplanade.
Wellington esplanade
Damage to Wellington south coast's Esplanade.
Wellington esplanade
Storm damage to the Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
Wellington storm
A Z Mana service station employee with his store's blown-in window this morning.
Wellington storm
Waves crash at the coast at Plimmerton.
Raumati South Memorial Hall
Debris from a ripped-off roof litters the grounds of the Raumati South Memorial Hall.
Raumati South Memorial Hall
A parking booth toppled over at Wellington Stadium.
Raumati South Memorial Hall
Both of Hannah Moore's family's trampolines took a tumble during the storm.
Raumati South Memorial Hall
A shredded sail of a yacht at Mana Marina.
Wellington storm
A toppled tree disturbs a grave at Karori Cemetery.
Wellington storm
A large fallen tree blocks a residential street in Whitby.
Wellington storm
Jeffrey Haina took these photos of a powerline "arcing" out his window in Wellington.
Wellington storm
A falling tree took out a power pole and lines, blocking Warwick St in the Wellington suburb of Wilton.
Wellington storm
Noel Henderson and his dog at the Esplanade on Wellington's south coast.
Wellington storm
Storm damage by the coast at Island Bay.
Wellington storm
Glen Scanlon sent in this photo of his backyard in Hataitai.
Wellington storm
Trees down in Whitby.
Wellington storm
Damage to the Warehouse in Lyall Bay.
Wellington storm
David Morgan sent in this photo of damaged train tracks on the Hutt Valley line.
Wellington storm
A damaged sign in central Wellington.
Wellington storm
A greenhouse in Brooklyn that didn't survive the night.
Wellington storm
A crushed Breaker Bay boatshed.
Wellington storm
A fallen tree on Ellice Street, which thankfully fell between two cars.
Wellington storm
Damage to train tracks near Horokiwi.
Wellington storm
Council workers deal with a fallen tree on Rangiora Ave.
Wellington storm
Inspectors check train tracks near Horokiwi.
Wellington storm
Nicholas Down, who lost his roof in Stokes Valley.
Wellington storm
Storm damage at the Wellington Indoor Sports Centre in Newtown.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Island Bay.
Wellington storm
The damaged carpark at Ekim Burgers in Lyall Bay.
Wellington storm
A fallen tree in Aro Park.
Wellington storm
Storm damage on Myrtle Crescent.
Wellington storm
Storm debris on Owhiro Bay.
Wellington storm
Storm debris on Owhiro Bay.
Wellington storm
An unlucky car on Mount Victoria.
Wellington storm
The cleanup begins on Breaker Bay.
Wellington storm
A separated door on Breaker Bay.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Belmont.
Wellington storm
Callum Norrie of Breaker Bay inspects the debris.
Wellington storm
Debris on Owhiro Bay.
Wellington storm
A fish that made it all the way across the road on Owhiro Bay.
Wellington storm
Damage to a bus in Southgate.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Southgate.
Wellington storm
Severe damage in Lower Hutt.
Wellington storm
A huge Eucalyptus tree in Khandallah Park.
Wellington storm
Debris on Days Bay.
Wellington storm
Damage at Jim and Philippa Reid's Seatoun house.
Wellington storm
A tug boats attempts to tow the Interislander.
Wellington storm
Debris on Petone Beach near the Settlers Museum. Waves went over the wall between the beach and the street.
Wellington storm
A yacht that couldn't stand the wind.
Wellington storm
Sea water made it into Reece Kohatu's Lyall Bay property.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Korokoro.
Wellington storm
Storm damage in Petone.
Wellington storm
Storm debris in Petone.
Wellington storm
Trees ripped out of the ground in Petone.
Wellington storm
Reece Kohatu looks at the damage done by the waves at his Queens Drive Lyall Bay property.
Wellington storm
A fell tree on Maungaraki Road.
Wellington storm
Lowry Bay, overtaken with waves.
Wellington storm
Seawater hits Eastbourne's Lowry Bay as high tide approaches.
Boats
A boat from Porirua Harbour strikes boat sheds.
Days Bay bach
A seaside Days Bay bach gets pummeled by the sea.
Korokoro
Two massive trees block road access down from Korokoro.
Interisland ferry
The Interislander ferry at anchor in Wellington harbour after its moorings broke in the night.
Kelson
Roofs and trees litter the streets of Kelson, Lower Hutt.
Wellington storm
Residents putting a tarpaulin over a storm-damaged home at Queens Drive, Lyall Bay.
Wellington storm
Contractors start to remove a large tree from an Owhiro Rd home.
Wellington storm
A man picks his way through debris washed up along Port Rd in Seaview.

Having endured the worst storm in decades, the lower North and South Islands can now look forward to blue sky, but a chilly southwesterly will ensure snow sticks around for most of the week, said MetService forecaster Leigh Matheson.

It is a merciful change of pace from yesterday and earlier in the week.

Members of Dunedin's Blakey family ran for their lives as tall trees around their Blanket Bay Rd section cracked under the force of a slip yesterday.

Alfie Blakey said police rapping at the doors awoke the household around 4.30am - a landslide that barely missed a neighbour's house above theirs a couple of days earlier was again on the move. It had already taken out her driveway and her car.

Blakey, her husband and three kids fled in the car with a sleeping bag, a teddy bear, a bag of food and documents. The family have now returned, their home deemed safe but surrounded by "a great big mess".

"It's just devastating. When you see something that size you get a new respect for nature. You can see why they got us out."

In Christchurch, firefighters rushed to sandbag flood-prone properties, while a slip fell on the Lyttelton Museum and the city's sewer system overflowed.

A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman said the city's sewers were "chocker" due to heavy rain, while the ongoing downpour caused flooding in low-lying eastern areas, particularly around the Heathcote River.

A slip off Lyttelton's Gladstone Tce fell through the site of the Lyttelton Museum, which had already been closed because of earthquake damage.

It destroyed a storage building holding surplus equipment and display items.

One resident was evacuated but other houses in the area above the slip had been red-zoned after Canterbury's earthquakes and were all unoccupied, a police spokesman said.

Surface flooding in Spencerville, just north of the city, saw the cancellation of the annual mid-winter polar plunge, and king tides expected today through to Thursday, were likely to cause further flooding around the city's rivers.

Firefighters spent the day stacking sandbags on flooded Leeston properties and in the Hurunui district to protect homes, while heavy snowfalls overnight Friday brought down power lines and trees.

Snow also kept some state highways closed, including Porters Pass and Burkes Pass, while others required ongoing caution.

Meanwhile, in Wellington, 1200 households remained in the dark as Wellington Electricity scrambled to restore power - having reconnected the bulk of the 30,000 homes knocked out by the storm on Thursday night.

Emergency services were kept busy, with dozens of calls to leaking roofs, fallen trees and flooding.

The small Wellington community of Horokiwi was badly affected, with almost all residents without power.

Several powerlines had been snapped in half and massive trees had fallen everywhere.

Resident Debbie Green said the community had gathered together to clear some of the debris off the main road to create an access point. Luckily they had a woodburner at their house and had borrowed a generator.

Ferry and rail services in the capital remained sporadic yesterday, with the Aratere Interislander ferry likely to be out of action for several days after breaking loose of its moorings during the storm.

WEATHER WARNING: BRACE FOR A DELUGE OF WORDS

It was a "once-in-50-year storm", it was "the most snow in a generation", it was the "strongest wind for years". Was it perhaps also "the most overblown weather language in a lifetime"?

Days before the first snowflake hit the country last week, there were already reports of the magnitude of the coming storm - and the hyperbole began falling as heavy and long as the forecast rain.

WeatherWatch.com head weather analyst Philip Duncan admitted the language of weather was a curious thing, and the public could be bombarded with grandiose descriptions of weather that in reality was not significantly worse than it had been in previous years.

For instance, he said, last week's storm was similar to that which hit in August 2011.

When there were reports of a "once in 100-year flood" happening in consecutive years, he did some digging to find out how that could be the case.

"It's a statistical calculation - it's one of those funny things," Duncan said.

Often when the power of a storm was stated, meteorologists would use the statistical likelihood of it repeating rather than measuring it against other weather events over the years.

MetService spokeswoman Jacqui Bridges said they would only make comparisons with the past when the storm had gone, and even then it was difficult to make sweeping statements.

Last week, some people compared Wellington's wild weather to that at the time of the Wahine disaster 45 years ago, but while waves were a similar height, the winds were not as strong.

Bridges said most of the "worst storm since . . ." quotes came from residents in affected areas, relying on their memories rather than scientific equipment.

Duncan, who set up WeatherWatch in 2005, said "emotive language slipped out" in the early days.

Bridges said the key was to get the correct information to people without embellishments.

"It's important we don't cry wolf," she said.

Duncan agreed it was important to focus on language and erring on the side of conservatism was always safest.

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