Photo essay: Edgecumbe in ruins video

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The town of Edgecumbe in the Bay of Plenty was underwater after a large section of the town's stopbanks was breached.

As water poured in, Edgecumbe was abandoned. Now, the deluge is a trickle, but what is left behind?

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A knee-high water line runs around the school buildings. Barrels, household rubbish and a boat litter the playground.
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A knee-high water line runs around the school buildings. Barrels, household rubbish and a boat litter the playground.

 

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"It's the old story, if it had happened at night there would have been deaths," Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne said.
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"It's the old story, if it had happened at night there would have been deaths," Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne said.

It will be at least seven to ten days before residents can return. Edgecumbe is without power or sewerage.
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It will be at least seven to ten days before residents can return. Edgecumbe is without power or sewerage.

The estimated 100,000 litres a second of water which coursed through Edgecumbe has left a ruinous path. Now, it's just a ...
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The estimated 100,000 litres a second of water which coursed through Edgecumbe has left a ruinous path. Now, it's just a trickle. The water has drained from the area which bore the burnt of the force, but flooding west of here remains.

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Stuff's Tony Wall explores the flooded farms of Edgecumbe in his kayak.

The houses further away from the breach have escaped damage by force, but there is extensive flood damage.
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The houses further away from the breach have escaped damage by force, but there is extensive flood damage.

Spray-painted orange 'C' symbols mark the houses that have been preliminarily condemned. "That's had a roadside ...
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Spray-painted orange 'C' symbols mark the houses that have been preliminarily condemned. "That's had a roadside assessment, and there'll be a second phase of investigation," Whakatane District Council chief executive Marty Grenfell said.

The houses in the immediate path of the water have been shifted metres off their piles.
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The houses in the immediate path of the water have been shifted metres off their piles.

The wall of water has left a trail of debris in its path.
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The wall of water has left a trail of debris in its path.

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Work on rebuilding Edgecumbe's flood wall began last week.

Two of the three diggers that have been were working to fill the gap. Dust replaces the dampness. "Who would have ...
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Two of the three diggers that have been were working to fill the gap. Dust replaces the dampness. "Who would have thought we'd need dust masks, after the other day," Whakatane District Council chief executive Marty Grenfell.

Diggers managed to plug the breach at 11pm on Friday night. A stream of 13 trucks continue to pour dirt from a local ...
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Diggers managed to plug the breach at 11pm on Friday night. A stream of 13 trucks continue to pour dirt from a local quarry onto the new bank.

The mayor fronts disgruntled Edgecumbe residents at an emergency town hall meeting on Saturday.
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The mayor fronts disgruntled Edgecumbe residents at an emergency town hall meeting on Saturday.

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