Woman killed in mudslide near Motueka

Last updated 17:02 16/06/2013
The hillside home above Sandy Bay that collapsed during a slip on Sunday.
INUNDATED: The hillside home above Sandy Bay that collapsed during a slip on Sunday.

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A woman is dead after a mudslide demolished a house near Motueka in the Tasman district.

St John Tasman operations manager James McMeekin confirmed a body had been pulled from a property covered in a mudslide.

The landslide in Marahau, about 19km north of Motueka, is about 100 metres long and 20 metres wide and the house appears to be smashed.

Persistent heavy rain is causing increasing problems in Tasman district with slips and road closures.

Several motorists were stranded for two hours between slips on West Bank Rd in the Motueka Valley this afternoon.

Dozens of houses are isolated after slips on the road.

With another 70mm of rain forecast for the 12 hours from 2pm Sunday, residents, the Tasman District Council and Civil Defence are keeping a close eye on the possibility of the Motueka River and its tributaries flooding homes.

However, Tasman District Council issued a notice letting the public know it wouldn't supply sandbags and residents should get their own.

The council advised if people or property were under threat they should contact emergency services for assistance.

A lack of sandbagging was an issue in the April flash flood that damaged homes and businesses in Richmond and Stoke.


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Temperatures will be "bitterly cold" with 10cm to 20cm of snow accumulating at sea level with up to 40cm above 200m.

The forecast follows heavy rain in the region on Sunday which caused surface flooding around Christchurch.


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