THE BIG WET

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

There was plenty of warn­ing of the del­uge that hit South Canterbury on Fri­day and it just kept on falling.

A to­tal of 84mm fell, with many low-ly­ing ar­eas flooded.

While I was keep­ing dry on my days off, col­leagues were out in the rain find­ing out as much in­for­ma­tion as they could about what was hap­pen­ing in the com­mu­nity. Thanks to their tire­less work, the public could keep up to date via cell­phones and other elec­tronic de­vices.

Civil De­fence, Po­lice, the Fire Ser­vice, con­trac­tors, en­gi­neers, and lines­peo­ple were all kept busy as power cuts hit some ar­eas, roads flooded and the odd re­tain­ing wall col­lapsed.

By Mon­day the rem­nants of the del­uge could be seen; ponds on the High­field Golf Course, gar­dens sod­den, and the big cleanup in full swing.

For those whose prop­er­ties were un­scathed, it looks like the in­fra­struc­ture coped pretty well.

How­ever those who had to evac­u­ate or close their busi­nesses will no doubt have many ques­tions for au­thor­i­ties. SOUTH CANTERBURY HER­ALD NEWSROOM: Phone (03) 687 1346. EMAIL: sched­i­tor@timaruher­ald.co.nz RE­PORTER: Es­ther Ashby-Coven­try (03) 687 1318, es­ther.ashby-coven­try@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

SALES MAN­AGER: Pat Naude (03) 687 1341, pat.naude@timaruher­ald.co.nz SALES REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVE: Pat Naude (03) 687 1341, 027 212 9973, pat.naude@timaruher­ald.co.nz CLASSIFIEDS: (03) 687 1395 thclass@timaruher­ald.co.nz AD DEAD­LINES: Nor­mal run of pa­per book ad copy dead­line, 5pm Wed­nes­day, classifieds 11am Thurs­day. DIG­I­TAL EDI­TIONS: neigh­bourly.co.nz/e-edi­tion/south-canterbury-her­ald/ AD­DRESS: 19 Sophia St, PO Box 46, Ti­maru. MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: (03) 687 1393.

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