Region soaked by winter storm

Victory, Brightwater bear brunt of deluge

Last updated 08:14 26/06/2014
Nelson Mail

Heavy floodwaters rush down Nelson's Emano St.

Kawai St South flooding
Amanda Sears
TAKE CARE: Cars carefully navigate floodwater on Kawai St South, between Boundary Rd and the hospital.
Murphy St
Tracy Neal
DESTRUCTION: Heavy rain flooded this Murphy St driveway, and appears to have brought down a surrounding fence.
Kawai St South flooding
Amanda Sears
SODDEN: Floodwater encroaches on Kawai St South homes this afternoon.
Murphy St flooding
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WET WEDNESDAY: Residents wade through flood water near Victory Square.

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Heavy rain in the region caused extensive flooding and road closures yesterday.

A slip on Rocks Road reduced the state highway to one lane but both lanes were reopened by 6pm, the New Zealand Transport Agency said. 

"We thank people for their patience and ask everyone to take care," a spokesman said.

A section of Waimea Rd between Nelson Hospital and Bishopdale has also been reopened as surface flooding around the city recedes.

Shops in Victory were flooded as heavy rain caused drains to overflow around Victory Square.

Sections of road in the Toi Toi/Victory area were closed but have also reopened. 

Landlord Frank Saxton, knee-high in water, said eight shops were flooded from water coming down Emano St.

The flooding was being aggravated by box waves from cars driving through the street.

"I have never seen anything like this in 35 years," he said.

He called the police, and a fire crew had turned up, he said.


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Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management stood down its Civil Defence Centre at the Victory Community Centre in Totara Street yesterday evening. 

Homes in Murphy St, Nelson were being evacuated at around 3.30pm.

Some pupils who lived in parts of Golden Bay where flooding was possible were sent home at lunchtime.

Those areas were Kotinga, Onekaka, Rangihaeata, the Pupu Valley and Upper Takaka. A staff member at Golden Bay High said there was a lot of surface water around, but she believed it was generally okay.

A tree has come down and is blocking the road at Gardner Valley in the Moutere.

Drivers are being warning to care on wet roads around the Tasman region following widespread surface flooding.

Substantial rain had fallen, with a deluge of 146mm in six hours up to 1pm in Golden Bay, said Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat.

Surface flooding had also been reported in Brightwater, Motueka, Mapua, Seaton Valley and the Moutere Highway, and council contractors were out checking the roads, he said.

''We're dealing with a large amount of rain that has fallen on already saturated ground.

''We need to look at concerns around slips on hills, and with surface flooding, please drive carefully.''

In Brightwater, volunteer firefighters helped move household items in a basement of a home in Lord Rutherford Rd South that flooded with 100mm of water, said brigade controller Ross Stratford.

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They were also called to Ellis St where a back garden was being flooded.

''There's a lot of water on the roads, it just can't get away fast enough,'' said Stratford.

- The Nelson Mail

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