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Flash flood, Kopuawhara

Flash flood, Kopuawhara

Two days before this photograph was taken, a camp of over 30 buildings occupied this site for workers building the Wairoa–Gisborne railway. In the early morning of 19 February 1938, torrential rain sent a 5-metre wall of water down the Kopuawhara Stream. The camp was swept away, and 21 people drowned. Another man also drowned on the Maraetaha Stream further north as a result of another flood caused by the same weather system.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, C. A. Jeffery Collection
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How to cite this page:

Erick Brenstrum, 'Weather - Flash floods, down bursts and tornadoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9535/flash-flood-kopuawhara (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Erick Brenstrum, published 12 Jun 2006