Story: Floods

Bridge washout after Cyclone Bola

Bridge washout after Cyclone Bola

Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop the river banks and inundate the Hawke’s Bay town of Wairoa on 7 March 1988. The central span of the bridge across the Wairoa River was washed away. It was a serious blow: the bridge linked the two sides of the town and carried the water supply and sewerage pipes.

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Reference: 9 March 1988

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - Southland floods and Cyclone Bola', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

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