Heading for dry ground

With South Dunedin's streets awash, and more rain on the way, Eric Nabalagi had a simple plan last night - head to higher ground.

Mr Nabalagi and his partner, Talai Mapusua, were found by the Otago Daily Times with their bags packed, standing on the doorstep of their Macandrew Rd home, ready to go.

All around them, floodwaters had submerged surrounding streets, inundated homes, forced other people from their homes - and continued to creep towards their own front door.

The couple's 4-year-old daughter had already been evacuated, but Miss Mapusua - who is six months' pregnant - said their telephone was ringing off the hook, as worried friends and family checked on them.

''We have had my brother, my friends, people from the church, call us and say `get to higher ground','' Miss Mapusua said.

They planned to spend last night at her brother's St Clair home, higher up on the hillside, and would return today to check on their rented home.

''We just don't want to risk it,'' she said.

chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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