Story: Floods

Whanganui flood, 1940

In February 1940, heavy overnight rain in the Manawatu-Whanganui region caused the Whanganui River to burst its banks, flooding low-lying areas of Whanganui city. This film footage shows the river in full flow, and pedestrians and motorists navigating waterlogged streets.

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - New Zealand’s number one hazard', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

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