Story: Floods

Debris from a flash flood

Debris from a flash flood

A flash flood on 17 February 1985 swept boulders, mud, trees and other debris through the small town of Te Aroha. Three people died in the flood, and a girl was swept away by the torrent – six hours later she was found alive in a tree 1.5 kilometres away. Most shops in town and more than 50 homes were damaged.

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Reference: 18 February 1985

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - New Zealand’s number one hazard', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 May 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017