From the Archive: February, 1945

01:30, Jun 12 2014
church st overpass
1993: Looking north along Theodosia St, this photograph shows the scale of the earthworks required to construct the Church St overbridge, as part of the State Highway 1 bypass project. The Herald's Bank S premises, the newspaper's home for 28 years, are just to the north of the earthworks, and the Hydro Grand is dominant in the background.
timaru dump
1985: Back in the day, the dump really was a dump, where the seagulls swirled above and the rats scurried below, and you offloaded pretty much whatever you wanted from your car or ute. For avid scavengers, though, the risk was heading home with a bigger load than they’d got rid of. Here, Ivan Robinson keeps an eye on proceedings.
world record jazz
1987: Timaru people filled Strathallan St in a world record attempt for the largest street jazz-aerobics class.
temuka flood 1945
1986: Thousands gathered in Wrightson's wool stores on Evans St for an auction of cars water-damaged in the devastating 1986 South Canterbury floods.
1991: Rob Peck launches his hang glider in the classic birdman competition held on Timaru's wharves.
barry lovegrove
1990: Timaru man Barry Lovegrove returns to Timaru after being held hostage in Baghdad for 10 weeks.

Severe flooding in February 1945 left much of South Canterbury under water, Temuka being the worst affected.

Early reports said people were marooned at the Opihi River reserve, in a Pleasant Point bus on a bridge, and further south in an army truck.

Rainfall in one area was said to be 35.5 centimetres in 36 hours and homes were evacuated in Temuka, Geraldine, Timaru and Waimate.

There was 182.8cm of water through some houses in Temuka. In the Totara Valley area 1000 sheep were washed away from one farm alone.

The rail link was badly affected: two major washouts, 37 smaller washouts, two major bridge and a large number of minor bridge repairs, and miles of reballasting to be contended with.

The worst gap at Temuka was 42 metres wide and 7.6 metres deep and 611 cubic metres of shingle were pushed into it in 21 days.


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