Story: Civil defence

Fighting a flood

Fighting a flood

In early July 1983, after heavy rain, the Wairau River burst its banks and the subsequent flood led to the declaration of a civil-defence state of emergency in Marlborough. As well as submerging farmland and isolating stock, the floodwaters threatened settlements and homes had to be evacuated. Volunteers, like this group near Tuamarina, were called on to try to stem the flood using sandbags.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Civil defence - Evolution of organised civil defence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2020