ASSIGNMENT:

Share your 2004 Manawatu flood story

Share your 2004 Manawatu flood story

Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014
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FLOODED IN: Photo taken of a paddock and home between Palmerston North and Feilding.

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It has been almost 10 years to the day since the Manawatu floods ravaged our region.

In February 2004, four rivers burst their stopbanks, more than 100mm of rain was recorded in 24 hours and wind gusts got up to 240km/h in the Tararua Ranges.

According to Horizons District Council, 16 road bridges were destroyed, 62,000 individual landslides were recorded and and the Manawatu Gorge was shut for 75 days.

More than 290 homes were destroyed or deemed inhabitable.

Damage resulted in more than $112 million worth of insurance claims. 

The list goes on.

To mark the anniversary of this event that shaped our region, we want to hear your stories.

How were you or your family affected by the 2004 Manawatu floods? What do you remember from the disaster?

How did the floods change your life? Did you take photos or video of the scenes that unfolded before you?

We want to hear your stories, to showcase on our website and newspaper, as we look back at how the floods changed our region, and what we learned from the disaster.

To contribute to this assignment, hit the green button below: 


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