Story: Floods

Blenheim market place, 1890s

A flooded city street with a crowd of people and horses.

Blenheim, in Marlborough, was built as a port at the junction of two rivers, close to sea level. Floods occurred regularly in the late 19th century and continued until the 1960s, when effective flood protection was built at considerable expense.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - 19th-century floods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Feb 2024