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.

Using this item

TVNZ Television New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

David Grant, 'Southland region - Climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/20093/invercargill-under-water-1984 (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015