Raging waters revisited
June’s devastating deluge may now be but a memory for most city folk, but the countryside around about is still recovering from its impact.
The extent of the flooding which largely left the city intact, is the subject of a photo exhibition opening in the Square Edge Gallery on Thursday. We Can’t Stop Water features a collection of photos taken by Manawatu Standard photographers during the civil emergency.
Standard photographer Warwick Smith says only a fraction of the pictures taken were ever published.
‘‘A lot of this stuff has never been seen. It includes aerial photographs from Whanganui, Rangitikei, Opiki and Rangiotu. A lot of bad stuff happened south west of Palmy, and many people in town were unaware of it all.’’
There’ll also be a screening of video shot from a rescue helicopter, and seven large format prints to capture the epic scale of the event..
‘‘We’ve been back since, and will have new photos and stories by people about what happened.’’
The idea for the multimedia exhibition came from the number of requests for Standard photographs in the aftermath of the deluge.
‘‘Photos we took of the floods were best sellers. The exhibition will pull them all together and show many more.’’
People will be able to order a variety of sized prints from a catalogue, with We Can’t Stop Water open from Thursday, December 10 until Sunday, January 10.
The extensive flooding affected farms and businesses.