Focus on the floods …

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TWENTY-FOUR hours after taking to the skies to photograph the flooding occurring across the Eastern Bay, Whakatane Beacon photographer Louis Klaassen returned to the air. He found much had changed, and not for the better with the extent of the flooding far wider than the day before.

FARM Tractors and trailers were used yesterday to strengthen a stopbank south of Gow Road on Omeheu Canal. Photo Louis Klassen D5182-4

ALLOWED HOME: Some Residents whose homes did not flood when the Rangitaiki River stopbank burst on Thursday morning lined up yesterday to be escorted into the town.
Photo Louis Klaassen D5167-08

BREACH: The breach in the Rangitaiki River stopbank is now repaired. Photo Louis Klaassen D5159-1028

DEVASTATION: Homes in College Road were badly damaged when the stopbank breached on Thursday morning. Photos Paula Massey D5162-25/47

TO THE RESCUE: Frightened pets were rescued in Edgecumbe on Saturday. Photo Paula Massey D5162-70

WATER: Rangitaiki River water flows to College Road, Rata Avenue and Puriri Crescent. D5159-242

AWAY: A home at College Road, directly across from the broken stop bank wall, forced from its foundation where a car remains. D5159-231

PURIRI: Flood waters fill the Puriri Crescent area at Edgecumbe. D5159-227

OVER: The river, still at a high level, at 1pm today. D5159-182

FILLED: Paddocks are filled with water across the Rangitaiki Plains. D5159-123

FLOODING: Water flowing across Hydro Road on Friday morning. D5158-206

HOME: Whakatane police Marie Bicknell, carrying a rabbit in the basket, and Nola Neal are taken to Otakiri Road. D5158-193

RESCUED: A cockatiel is nearly home after it was evacuated from its Otakiri home. D5158-176

UNIMOG: A unimog driving through flooding at Otakiri Road to drop off a rescued woman and her pets. D5158-157

BIKE: Otakiri farmer Bill Gibson needs a motorbike to travel through the flooding. D5158-147

COLLEGE ROAD: A College Road home after 24 hours of water flowing through. D5158-085

BREACH: The Rangitaiki River continues to flow steadily into the Edgecumbe township and the broken wall still stands in the middle of the road on Friday morning. Photo Louis Klaassen D5158-076

FLOODED: Homes and industrial buildings have been flooded. D5159-997

UNDERWATER: Properties in Matipo Place and Titoki Place in Edgecumbe are heavily flooded. D5159-975

SCHOOL: At Edgecumbe College the water covers the fields and into the buildings. Photo D5159-970

SUBMERGED: A vehicle sits semi submerged outside this rural Edgecumbe property. D5159-957

RISING: The tops of glasshouses rise from the water. D5159-952

HIGH WATER: Muddy water is high around this Edgecumbe home. D5159-947

MILL: Golden Grain at Edgecumbe. D5159-942

FROM ABOVE: An overview of the lands around Edgecumbe. D5159-932

RECEDED: By Friday, the water that engulfed this farm, just before Taneatua, had receded. D5159-751

POROPORO: A property on Rewatu Road, underwater. Photo D5159-730

BRIDGE: The Pekatahi Bridge at Taneatua. D5159-702

FLOODING: Flood water at Taneatua. D5159-595

RIVER: The Whakatane River through Taneatua on Friday afternoon. D5159-574

TANEATUA: The Taneatua township from above. D5159-559

OVER EDGECUMBE: A shot over Edgecumbe and surrounding areas. D5159-535

COMMUNITY: The Te Teko bridge crossing the high Rangitaiki River to a dry township. D5159-511

CLOSER: Kowhai and Kauri streets with the Edgecumbe Bowling Club in the centre. D5159-468

TOWN: Kowhai and Kauri street homes and properties are surrounded by water. D5159-455

SIDES OF TOWN: Water fills areas on each side of Bridge Street. D5159-260



16 Responses to “Focus on the floods …”

  1. Natalie

    Thank you so much for the wonderful photos, it even made the channel 7 news over here in far nth Queensland, it is a very sad sad story indeed, we used to live in these areas many years ago. I just hope that the public get some compensation for those that cant afford household insurance, if its anything like here some cant afford it, thank you for your pictures, keep up the great work

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    • JANN crawford

      My brother lives in Kauri Street, Edgecumbe. Hadn’t even heard on any of our Australian News stations that anything was happening in New Zealand got quite a shock when a friend asked me about the floods in Edgecumbe ‘what floods’ Had a short message this morning from my brother but now hard to contact him.. But like after the 1987 earthquake they all rallied on and made Edgecumbe a beaut little town to live in. We wish everyone there all the best and hope help is forthcoming… Jann

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  2. Maureen Baker

    Thanku for the wonderful fotos covering both sides of what was our home town for many years before coming to live in australia..we know so.many of these wonderful people in edgecumbe..such a tragedy for the community..thanku once again for your fotos xx

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    • Nettie keepaj

      Yes Maureen very sad for that community who were very much apart of your whanau for many years – just thankful no lives were lost. but they will rise again as they have done before – love to you and Len 😍😍😍😍Nettie Keepa

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  3. Claire

    Omg I live down one of these (rural). I feel sick it is not a wealthy area…. NZ we need your help and more rain is coming so please help. My home is not flooded but so many around are…. 😟

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    • Jan Paton

      HI Claire,
      We are co-ordinating an effort up on the Hauraki Plains to bring down to you clothing, bedding, and anything else that you folks will need. I will get in touch with your local St John to see what we can put together. We can all help.
      Take care and look after each other.

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  4. Darrel Leaf

    Hello do you have any photos of Rimu St end of town, Edgecumbe. It’s was one of the least affected areas of town but they evacuate us because they said the water was heading our way. Thanks for the other photos.

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    • Neryda McNabb

      Only a selection of photos are published here. We took hundreds covering most parts of Edgecumbe so probably do have one showing the water in relation to Rimu Street.

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  5. Joy Marks

    Amazing photographs, although I would have liked to be able to identify the primary school (where I taught for some years) and the retirement village – so close to the river – where I lived until 2001.

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  6. Bruce Whiteside

    I am indebted to the staff of the Beacon for the coverage of the disastrous floods that have engulfed an area that I know so well from 60 years ago. When I see Edgecumbe it brings tears to these old eyes. Most of my early apprenticeship painting days working alongside my father Bill, painting (who later was sub editor of the Beacon), at the mills, bring back fond memories. Mrs Marx, Leo Simpson, the Tunnicliffes, and the cricketers where the odd ‘six’ would end in the Rangataiki River.

    It is hard to fathom that when Cyclone Debbie was six hundred klms out in the Coral Sea, where it meanders for a week before it tore the heart out Daydream and Hayman Islands, that it would impact on the Gold Coast where I have lived for 35 years. Normally they don’t drift this far south, but it did with vengeance. In our case we received 250 mm in 24 hours, unheard of in Miami.
    When it turned into the Pacific around Coffs Harbour my mind went back to a similar weather event saw the tragedy of the Wahine, on April 1968.

    Most of my family still live in NZ and you begin to realise the magnitude of this storm that impacted on all of us and yet we are nearly two thousand klm apart. We however have been blessed …the effect of this will be felt by those affected for a lifetime …we share you pain.

    Finally the news of these floods were screened in Australia. It must be remembered that the effects and ongoing damage was still occurring her. For those who want to find out there is always

    Once again thank you the Beacon, your coverage leave many metropolitan newspapers in the shade. The late Leicester Spring would be proud of all of you.

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  7. Lee-Anne Hurley

    Such devastation to the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I lived there and went to Edgecumbe schools growing up.
    Thank you to the Beacon for these photos.
    Take care everyone.

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