A river runs through it: Nelson surveys the damage and the upcoming cleanup


Nelson residents are cleaning up and counting the cost of flood damage across the region as authorities work to repair roads, clear slips and rebuild infrastructure.

RNZ has collected photos showing some of this destruction caused by this week’s weather bomb.

Find out how today’s events unfolded with the RNZ blog.

An Atawhai resident watching the overflow of Oldham Creek.
Photo: RNZ/Kirsty Frame

Buller River

Debris from the Buller River tangles on a bridge.
Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

Scene near the Buller River

More damage near the Buller River.
Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

Flooding in Nelson.

A bench outside a residential property in Nelson is hit by a flow of water.
Photo: Nelson City Council

A slide in the Rai Valley near Nelson


Photo: Facebook / Rai Valley People’s Group

Damage to the racetrack bridge on State Highway 14.

Damage to the racetrack bridge on State Highway 14.
Photo: RNZ

Flood damage in a residential area of ​​the city.

Flood damage in a residential area of ​​the city.
Photo: RNZ/Kirsty Frame

Damage to roads after floodwaters recede.

Damage to roads after floodwaters recede.
Photo:

Raging water flows wash away debris and topsoil from the land in Nelson.

Raging water flows wash away debris and topsoil from the land in Nelson.
Photo: RNZ/Kirsty Frame

More than 400 homes had to be evacuated in the past few days after the Maitai River overflowed. Nelson Mayor Rachel Reece said “it will take years, not months” for the city to recover.

Overflowing Oldham Creek in Atawhai caused a footbridge to collapse, breaking the creek to the playground on one side and crossing a neighbor’s property on the other.

An Atawhai resident bordering the overflowing Oldham Creek said the pedestrian bridge collapsed yesterday and the buildup of debris sent water gushing in both directions, flooding their properties. His neighbor, who lives next to the creek, evacuated yesterday.

He said they were worried about what might happen once the high tide returns, the downpour is expected later in the day and if more debris builds up. Other locals who spoke to RNZ said they had never had floods like this.

On either side of the bridge is a park and a bike path. A pump track, collected by the local community, is ruined.

Meanwhile, traffic has piled up from Atawhai to Nelson as several slides block parts of State Highway 6 – the only connecting road for Atawhai.

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