Story: Floods

Queenstown floods (1st of 2)

City street filled with flood water and people.

During the Central Otago floods of September–October 1878, not only the rivers but also the large lakes rose. Lake Wakatipu spilled into Queenstown, flooding the lower-lying parts.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - 19th-century floods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

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