Story: Floods

Broken stopbank, Whirikino

Broken stopbank, Whirikino

Swift-moving flood waters overwhelmed bridges and stopbanks across the Manawatū region during the February 2004 floods. This dramatic photograph taken at Whirikino, south of Foxton, shows the Manawatū River sweeping over a broken stopbank. At this stage the level was so high that there was bound to be an overflow somewhere. However, the road remained above the water level.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - Flood control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2023)

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