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 Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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