Story: Floods

Greymouth, 1970 (2nd of 2)

Greymouth, 1970

In 1970 the central part of Greymouth still flooded as it had when the first European settlers arrived 100 years earlier. It was only after the Earthquake Commission refused to continue paying insurance for flood damage that a flood protection wall was built.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - Flood control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

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