Wild weather bat­ters Mata­mata for a week

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Mother Na­ture un­leashed her wrath on Mata­mata for the ma­jor­ity of last week caus­ing a power cut, chaos on roads and ex­ten­sive flood­ing.

For the first time in the his­tory of the Mata­mata Dra­matic So­ci­ety, the play Take a Chance on Me had to be resched­uled to the next day af­ter a power cut half way through the per­for­mance about 8.30pm on July 9.

Trans­power com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Adele Fitz­patrick said wild weather around the coun­try was the cause of the power cut.

‘‘ We had a few lines down around the coun­try,’’ she said.

The power cut also caused dam­age to com­put­ers at var­i­ous busi­ness premises and a num­ber of phone lines were down for a few days af­ter­ward.

Satur­day morn­ing sports had to be called off af­ter fields were pounded by heavy rain caus­ing them to turn to pits of mud.

Rain­fall of 110mm was recorded in Mata­mata mak­ing it one of the high­est in the Waikato Re­gion.

Warn­ings about ris­ing river lev­els were also is­sued by Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

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