Canterbury flooding: $500k for farmers and growers



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    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 ...

     

     

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