Story: Floods

Silt-covered farmland (1st of 2)

Silt-covered farmland and fencing.

When low-lying river flats are flooded, they become saturated with water and are covered by silt once the water recedes. The immediate effect is to kill the pasture, causing enormous problems for farmers. In the medium term, the silt forms a new soil, but grass needs to be replanted. This photograph of the Kopane area was taken immediately after the 2004 Manawatū floods.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - 21st century floods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

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