Story: Floods

Bridge washout after Cyclone Bola

A damaged river bridge and flooded river next to a city street.

Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop river banks and inundate the northern 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 carried State Highway 2, linked the two sides of the town, and supported 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 22 April 2024)

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