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 cutting off stock, the floodwaters threatened settlements and homes had to be evacuated. Volunteers, like this group near Tuamarina, were called on to try and stem the flood using sandbags.
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