Houses threatened as floodwaters rise

00:58, Jun 17 2014

Floodwater came close to entering several Wakefield homes as last night's wind-driven rain brought heavy falls to parts of the region.

Wakefield Volunteer Fire Brigade's deputy chief fire officer, Nigel Patterson, said firefighters were called to the intersection of Pitfure Rd and State Highway 6 just after 8pm where they found knee-deep water on the verge of entering homes.

The state highway was closed by police for around two hours.

"There were probably about 10 houses threatened and we found a car stranded by floodwater in Higgins Rd.

"The driver was on their way to Nelson Hospital so we got them through."

The rain eased later in the night and the highway was reopened to one lane around 10pm, he said.


Tasman District Council hydrologist Martin Doyle said none of the region's rivers reached annual flood levels in the rain which settled largely on the northwestern ranges.

Council rain gauges measured 123mm at Anatoki, 123mm at Canaan and 115mm at Waingaro.

In comparison 66mm fell at Wairoa, 50mm at Maitai Forks, 55mm at Riwaka and 14mm at Moutere.

The Motueka River peaked at 236 cubic metres a second - way below its April 17 recording of 1608 cubic metres a second.

Nelson Tasman Civil Defence staff were on duty following concerns about potential flooding in the Pitfure Rd, Higgins Rd and Barton Lane area, said Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat.

"It was a strong localised downpour for a short time and the rivers coped," he said.

Contractors were out this morning checking the area.

The Nelson Mail