Central American authorities say at least 83 people have been
killed in flooding and landslides associated with the
region's first tropical storm of the year.
The total clean-up cost for flood-stricken Otago will not be
known for "days if not weeks" but is likely to be in the
The Walker family's back yard in Queen St, Milton, was
completely underwater yesterday.
Heavy rain has eased after five days, leaving authorities to
focus on clean-up efforts after flooding swamped coastal
extent of the damage across flood-stricken Otago is starting
to become apparent as swollen rivers fall and surface
Key highways are open and river levels are dropping as the
wet weather eases in the South.
Flood conditions are easing in some coastal Otago areas as
rainfall eases but State Highway 1 south of Milton will be
closed until at least tomorrow and the Taieri River is
continuing to rise.
Persistent overnight rain has caused landslides, rising
rivers and flooded roads across Coastal Otago.
It was business as usual at Five Forks School yesterday as
children swapped tales about enjoying the novelty of two days
Queenstown is still counting the cost of the flood mitigation
measures put in place during this month's flood alert.
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