Saxton Rd ravaged by flood

01:03, Apr 23 2013
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Staff wade through flood waters inside Copyart on Queen St, Richmond.
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Flooding at Three Brothers Corner, Richmond.
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The pond at Washbourn Gardens is transformed into a lake just one hour into the storm.
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Cars partially submerged at the top of Queen St, Richmond.
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A 4WD ute makes its way through a torrent of water at the top of Queen St, Richmond.
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A slip blocks the road on the Takaka Hill.
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The Richmond Mall car park was rapidly filled with rising flood water.
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The Richmond Mall car park was rapidly filled with rising flood water.
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Flooding on Petherbridge St in Motueka.
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Torrents of water flow down Queen St past the Night n Day dairy
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Nicole Arundel is submerged up to her waist in Kingston St, Motueka.
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Adrian's Barber Shop owner Adrian Bradley flushes water from last night's deluge out of his Queen St store in Richmond.
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Jeff McLaren surveys the damage in his house on the corner of Park Dr and Champion Rd, badly affected by flooding last night.
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Contractors work to repair damage caused to the surface of Main Rd Stoke.
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Flood water pools in the interior of the Saxton Stadium in Stoke.
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Park Dr covered with mud from Sunday's deluge.
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Huge cracks and potholes on Main Rd Stoke.
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Woolmart manager Gwenda Roberts sweeps silt and rubbish off the soaked carpet of her Queen St store.
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Heavy rainfall last night left standing water in an empty building on the corner of Queen St and Gladstone Rd.
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Stoke residents Trudi and Tony Vreugdenhil commence the cleanup following the flooding on Sunday night.
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Saxton Road resident Brian Fensom indicates where the flood waters rose to during the flooding on Sunday night.
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An abandoned car on Main Road, Stoke.
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Saxton Road resident Andrea Fensom in her water logged kitchen following the flooding on Sunday night.

Water came off the Richmond foothills, joined forces with a raging Orphanage Creek, and flooded residents' houses in Saxton Rd.

Brian Fensom and his wife, Andrea, had six inches of water throughout their house last night.

Mrs Fensom said: "We were just finishing off dinner. We opened the front door, and the water flowed in. We couldn't do anything until it [the rain] stopped. We had to wait."

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HELL IN HIGH WATER: Saxton Road resident Brian Fensom indicates where the flood waters rose to during the flooding on Sunday night.

The couple's cats were "freaking out" during the storm, with thunder and lightning, and one of them hid in a hallway cupboard when water started coming inside.

Mr Fensom said they had lived in Saxton Rd for 20 years, and had never experienced anything like the drama of last night.

"I came outside to check what was going on, and I could just see the water rising. It was a big downpour, and the water has just come down off the hill, and the creek has flooded. It [water] was coming under the doors - just everywhere."

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Mrs Fensom said they slept in their boat last night, which was "reasonably dry".

"It leaked a little bit, but it was much nicer than being in here. We managed to get a little bit of sleep."

Their house was in "chaos", and her husband's colleagues were cleaning mud off the road outside.

"We're not really sure where to go next, but we'll just wait for the insurance, and carry on from there."

Tony Vreugdenhil, also in Saxton Rd, said he went into the hallway during the downpour, "and I saw this dark shadow on the carpet".

His wife, Trudi, said water came in through the garage, laundry door, and kitchen.

"We have been here for 10 years, and we have never had anything like this. It was coming in everywhere," she said.

The couple were ripping up layers of sodden carpet when the Nelson Mail visited last night.

Mrs Vreugdenhil said: "I hope insurance comes to the party."

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