Story: Southland region

Invercargill under water, 1984

Severe flooding affected Invercargill and many other parts of Southland in January 1984. In Invercargill the Waihopai River burst its banks. Around the region, nearly 4,000 people had to be evacuated from their houses, and 900 buildings and seven bridges were damaged. This silent video shows the extent of flooding in downtown Invercargill.

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015