Once a Century Flood in New Zealand


Recovery workers are being stretched to their limit in Christchurch this afternoon as floodwaters force dozens of evacuations, cause landslides and submerge more than 60 roads.

Heavy rain is still falling in the region and, while rivers are slowly subsiding with the outgoing tide, more than 6mm of rain is expected over the next six hours. Around 100mm has fallen in the past 24 hours.

The sustained flooding has now been categorized as a one-in-100-year event, prompting the Government to relaunch an emergency property repair service that was last used in the aftermath of the city's quakes.

The city's roads are expected to be swamped with traffic over the next few hours as workers try to navigate the flooded streets on their way home. A number of bus services are also affected and commuters have been advised to check the Metroinfo website before using public transport.

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