Canterbury flooding: $500k for farmers and growers
Flood-stricken Canterbury farmers and growers are to get $500,000 from the Government after heavy rain devastated the region. Bridges have been badly damaged, including a slumping Ashburton River bridge on State Highway 1 that will take days to fix.
The region is taking stock after a rare 'red-code' weather event. From Friday to Monday morning, a massive 545mm of rain was recorded at Mt Somers in the Canterbury high country, MetService forecaster Aiden Pyselman said.
The main centres - Christchurch (110mm), Ashburton (155mm), and Timaru (105mm) - were inundated over the same period.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor today declared an adverse event for Canterbury, unlocking $500,000 of government support for farmers and growers.
There has been extensive flooding and damage to bridg ...