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Waimangaroa River

Waimangaroa River

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

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Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, 'Water resources - Rivers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, published 24 Nov 2008