Edgecumbe flood survivors prefer earthquakes
Having experienced both quakes and flood, two sisters who left North Canterbury for the quiet life in Edgecumbe know which is preferable.
It isn't flooding.
Sisters Kathy Gifford-Jones and Shirley Oakley moved from Hurunui to the small Bay of Plenty community six weeks ago.
On Thursday morning, the sisters had no idea their town was being evacuated and were alerted by a friend in Christchurch, who saw it on the news.
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"We had no idea until we got a call. No one came to let us know," Gifford-Jones said.
"Our house wasn't flooded - there was about 10 inches of water outside, but we are by the river."
Even so, they packed up and left.
"I don't know if it survived overnight."
The sisters arrived at the cordon on Friday morning to get to their house, but were stopped by police.
"I just want to get back to my house, but the police won't let me in. It's frustrating," Gifford Jones said.
"I'd rather go through an earthquake again than this.
"With an earthquake, you can see the damage immediately. With water, it's different."
The sisters had hoped their dance with Mother Nature would have ended with the 2010 Christchurch earthquake.
"When will it end?" Gifford-Jones said.
She hopes to get into her property on Friday to assess the damage.