Story: Floods

Waimakariri River breaks its banks, 1926

Waimakariri River breaks its banks, 1926

The Waimakariri poses a long-term threat to the city of Christchurch. In the 19th and early 20th centuries it regularly broke out of its channel when in flood, but protection works now constrain it. This photograph shows a flooded road north of Christchurch being carefully negotiated by a service car.

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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