South Otago floods

The huge assemblage in Anzac Square, Dunedin, to welcome home the 920 soldiers who returned by the Tahiti. - Otago Witness, 22.1.1919.
The huge assemblage in Anzac Square, Dunedin, to welcome home the 920 soldiers who returned by the Tahiti. - Otago Witness, 22.1.1919.
The rain which set in on Tuesday evening fell steadily during the greater part of the night. This state of affairs prevailed until well on towards midday yesterday when the rain ceased.

In the afternoon the weather was threatening, and more rain fell at night. At an early hour this morning there was no prospect of an improvement in the conditions.

The rainfall registered at the pumping station at 9 a.m. on the 27th, 28th, and 29th was 1.070in, .460in, and .460in respectively.

Yesterday there was a fresh break in the main south line, this time near Lovell's Flat, where the water is lying more than 4ft deep over the rails.

The District Traffic Manager reports the line is impassable between Balclutha and Lovell's Flat, and the indications are that no train will get through before Saturday. Passengers for the south can book only as far as Lovell's Flat, and those from the south only as far as Balclutha.

The Tuakitoto Lake rose steadily all day yesterday, and at 5 p.m. it was still rising. The line was covered to within about a quarter mile of the Lovell's Flat Railway Station. The stationmaster at Lovell's Flat received advice that a boat would be sent over from Kaitangata to receive the mails.

The postmaster at Kaitangata reported at 2 p.m. yesterday that the water had reached a high level, and about 20 families had been compelled to leave their houses for the safety afforded by the higher land.

The water had entered several shops, but the shopkeepers had received ample warning, and had removed the goods from the floor and lower shelves.

Waitaki overflows

The Oamaru Mail, which mentioned on Tuesday that the Waitaki River had reached a higher level than had been known for a great many years, states that the river has overflowed its banks and spread across a large extent of the plain.

Mr Fraser, the corporation's water-race inspector, reports that the whole of the water-race has been submerged right down to Borton's, but whether or not any damage has been done cannot be ascertained until the flood subsides.

Rabbit riders

Among the flotsam and jetsam rushing down the raging flood waters of the Molyneux River in the vicinity of the traffic bridge at Balclutha on Wednesday was plainly visible by sightseers on the bridge a portion of a tree trunk on which over 20 rabbits were crowded.

They appeared to be hanging on to their plunging craft like limpets until it suddenly crashed against one of the large cylinders of the bridge, with the result that a cargo of bunny was hurled overboard. Two of the rabbits - one large and one small-managed to maintain their foothold, and when last seen they were still perched on the log as it rushed seawards.

Following closely in their wake, but close to the shore, was a draught horse which strenuously but unsuccessfully endeavoured to effect a landing, and was quickly swept away.

Rip van Winkle

An employee of the Waingawa Meat Works has just had the experience of sleeping for 60 hours at a stretch (says the Masterton correspondent of the New Zealand Times).

As he did not turn up to work, investigation was made, and he was found in bed sound asleep. All efforts to waken him were futile, and a doctor was called in. He was removed to the Masterton Hospital still asleep. On Friday he awakened in almost his normal condition after having been 60 hours asleep.

- ODT, 30.1.1919.


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