A bit damp in early December 2021

Between around 8 pm on Sunday 05 December and 4 am on Wednesday 08 December 2021 my rain gauge recorded a tad less than 100 mm rain. That’s just a smidge less than 4 inches, if that measurement means more to you.

It wasn’t windy though, so the rain fell pretty much straight down, and we didn’t suffer the lashing of a furious storm.

If you check the LINZ Data Service maps you’ll see a great many streams around Waikawa, with the main feeds for our river from the hills in North and South Manakau. Between around Takapu Road and Emma Drive many streams run very close to or pass below Waikawa Beach Road.

Waikawa streams map.
Waikawa streams map.

Reports from late on Tuesday 07 December 2021 were that the road had flooded in a few spots. At around 8 am on Wednesday 08 December 2021 water had receded, but it was easy to see there was still plenty making its way across and through paddocks, and at some points water still lay almost all the way across the road. At the footbridge the river was running very full and swift.

There are various photos below.

The beach access off Manga Pirau Street is just fine.
The beach access off Manga Pirau Street is just fine.
Several Royal Spoonbills and shags were enjoying the river.
Several Royal Spoonbills and shags were enjoying the river.
At the footbridge: swift water.
At the footbridge: swift water. This sill give the new river flow meter on the footbridge a good workout.
At Whakahoro Road (the letterboxes) water has swamped both paddocks and road.
At Whakahoro Road (the letterboxes) water has swamped both paddocks and road.
Paddocks underwater.
Paddocks underwater.
At Emma Drive the water nearly crosses Waikawa Beach Road.
At Emma Drive the water nearly crosses Waikawa Beach Road.
Part of Emma Drive by the speed bump is under water.
Part of Emma Drive by the speed bump is under water.
Water on the bend closer to the village.
Water on the bend closer to the village.
The Strathnaver pond has returned.
The Strathnaver pond has returned.
The Strathnaver puddle has returned.
The Strathnaver puddle has returned.

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