Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Monday, 31 May 2021

Massive Flooding in the South Island , New Zealand.

    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


Susan Heather said...

It is terrible isn't it and we just watched the news and saw that Lake Taupo is very low and rain desperately needed.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean,
I am glad you are ok, sending my prayers to all who involved with the flooding.
These floods look scary. I hope you continue to stay safe. Take care, have a happy day and a great new week!

Out To Pasture said...

Saw a report of the NZ flooding on last night's news. A helicopter was air lifting a person to safety. That little pony sure looked glad to be indoors! Glad you're safe in the north island, Jean.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

That looks terrible! I hope that you stay safe, and those affected can recover quickly.

Jenn Jilks said...

That is horrible. I'm so sorry. We are desperate for rain, here.
You have good infrastructure, and that helps. Lots of helpers.

Marie Smith said...

Our climate is changing for sure. These one in 100 year events are becoming the norm. Hope everyone stays safe.

Inger said...

I'm sorry your country has to go through these massive rains. The same things happens on the East coast and in the South of the US, while here in California, not a drop for so very long now. Take care and stay safe.

Jenny said...

Sadly, so much damage in the south island. Massive damage to roads and bridges, these will need to be repaired quickly. Houses flooded, farms awash, all rather scary stuff, isnt it.

Lori Skoog said...

So many extremes around the world. Glad that you are ok.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How awful! I'm so sorry for all those who have lost everything, and I pray they are able to find safety and their way to those who will comfort them and help them get what they need to sustain them and their 4 legged family members too.

KB said...

I hope that people can stay safe. It's tough how the changing climate is causing so much damage.

QuiltGranma said...

Wow, that is a lot of water, and water damage! So glad YOU are OK. Praying for those on the South Island.

Kathleen said...

Such awful news. I hope you and yours are OK and wish for speedy recovery for those who suffered the storm’s rage.

Tanya said...

Stay safe! Storms are always so scary. We are always worried when typhoon season starts for us.