Story: Floods

Blenheim market place, 1890s

Blenheim market place, 1890s

Blenheim, in the north of the South Island, was built at the junction of two rivers as a river port, 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 11 December 2023)

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