This photo is courtesy of the Internet, supplied to TVNZ, and shows what lengths we Kiwis take to keep our animals safe in the 1 in 100 year flood.
Milo, the miniature horse warming up by the fire, near Little River, Christchurch
The widespread deluge, coming down from the hills on the West towards the eastern side of the South Island, has destroyed bridges, closed roads, people, pets and animals have either been evacuated or moved to higher ground.
All Photos courtesy of the Internet
Rain Radar map at 1.15 p.m. today
Photo below are courtesy of Simon Werthmuller of Rakaia Helicopters, showing the deluge that has flooded the land and the bridge , this is Double Hill Run Road, heading up towards the Rakaia Gorge, following the Western fork of the Rakaia River towards Lake Coleridge.
Redcliffs Bridge, photo courtesy of Simon Werthmuller, Rakaia Helicopters, showing some of the damage to Redcliffs Bridge and the surrounding area.
Back here, in the North Island, a good distance from all the above, we have a little rain, maybe more will follow, but our thoughts are with all those who have had to battle severe conditions to save stock, move animals, pack belongings, and spend a night and maybe more in a marae, or a friend's or family member's home. Civil Defence, the NZ Army, Volunteers, local council and more have all rallied to assist. Farmers with their huge tractors, men with jet boats, helicopters with lines to save a man clinging to a tree, I am hoping everyone will be safe and secure in a warm place tonight.
Quotation of the day, author unknown,
Your horse will always be one of your family.
Greetings from Jean