Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Flash flood, Kōpuawhara Stream, 1938 (2nd of 4)

Flash flood, Kōpuawhara Stream, 1938

Twenty-one railway workers and support staff were killed when a flash flood occurred on the Kōpuawhara Stream near Māhia, in February 1938. The workers were building the Wairoa–Gisborne railway line and lived at a campsite above the stream. Torrential rainfall sent a 5-metre wall of water rushing down the stream, which burst its banks and swept away the campsite. This is the site the next day.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, C. A. Jeffery Collection
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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Landscape and climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/24341/flash-flood-kopuawhara-stream-1938 (accessed 20 September 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 2 Jul 2015