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Waimangaroa River

Waimangaroa River

Usually the Waimangaroa River, 17 kilometres north-east of Westport on the West Coast of the South Island, is a placid stream. But after a few hours of heavy rain it becomes a raging torrent. Many South Island rivers, fed by rainfall in the mountains, are prone to flash floods.

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David Young, 'Rivers - How New Zealand rivers are formed', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by David Young, published 24 Sep 2007