The flooding that hit parts of the Waikato may have been bad, but they were mercifully not on the scale of floods that hit us back in 1985.
This photo was taken in Te Aroha after flash flood on 17 February swept boulders, mud, trees and other debris through the small town.
Three people died in the flood, and a girl was swept away by the torrent – six hours later she was found alive in a tree 1.5 kilometres away.
Most shops in town and more than 50 homes were damaged.
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