Floods accompanying Cyclone Bola threatened to overtop the river banks and inundate the Hawke’s Bay town of Wairoa on 7 March 1988. The central span of the bridge across the Wairoa River was washed away. It was a serious blow: the bridge linked the two sides of the town and carried the water supply and sewerage pipes.
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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 9 March 1988
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