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ModerateJanuary 1923 Canterbury and Tasman-Nelson Flooding ( 1923-01-20 )

Heavy rain in Canterbury caused a landslide at Puaha resulting in the death of two men. Tasman-Nelson also experienced some heavy rain and flooding.

South Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at South Island
Duration:   2  days - Canterbury and Tasman-Nelson experienced flooding and heavy rain from the 20th to the 21st of January.
Comments:

Tasman-Nelson

LandslideLandslide at Glenhope
Map Location: -41.64845 172.64349
Comments:

Affected LifelineA large landslide came down on the Glenhope railway.

FloodingFlooding at Nelson
Map Location: -41.268476 173.297338
Comments:

CommentThere was flooding in the low-lying areas of Nelson city on the 21st of January.

CommentAll rivers in the district were in high flood.

Crop DamageThere was considerable damage to crops.

Canterbury

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Akaroa
Map Location: -43.806637 172.973757
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAkaroa recorded 5.0 in (12.7 cm) of rain.

Crop DamageUncut crops in a number of fields were flat after the deluge.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Christchurch
Map Location: -43.53112 172.636147
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicChristchurch recorded 3.23 in (8.20 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

DamageThere was widespread damage after the deluge.

Crop DamageMany oat crops in stook were badly sprouted.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Puaha
Map Location: -43.74385 172.82724
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHeavy rain fell all day and night before the landslide. Puaha received approximately 2 in (5.08 cm) of rain in that time.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

CommentAt Puaha near Little River there was a landslide of enormous proportions after heavy rain.

CasualtiesIt caused the deaths of two men and injured another.

ImpactThe landslip blocked the creek and caused a temporary dam. This was washed away after a large quantity of water was collected behind the dam. The ground under the men was carried down to the creek bed.

References

Cowie, C.A.: Attwood, A.K. (1957) Floods in New Zealand 1920-53, The Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Council, Wellington, New Zealand, p.239.
Headline: Disastrous Landslide.
The Press, 20 January 1923.
Headline: The Weather, Record Downpour.
The Press, 20 January 1923.

ModerateJanuary 1923 Canterbury and Tasman-Nelson Flooding ( 1923-01-20 )

Heavy rain in Canterbury caused a landslide at Puaha resulting in the death of two men. Tasman-Nelson also experienced some heavy rain and flooding.

South Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at South Island
Duration:   2  days - Canterbury and Tasman-Nelson experienced flooding and heavy rain from the 20th to the 21st of January.
Comments:

Tasman-Nelson

LandslideLandslide at Glenhope
Map Location: -41.64845 172.64349
Comments:

Affected LifelineA large landslide came down on the Glenhope railway.

FloodingFlooding at Nelson
Map Location: -41.268476 173.297338
Comments:

CommentThere was flooding in the low-lying areas of Nelson city on the 21st of January.

CommentAll rivers in the district were in high flood.

Crop DamageThere was considerable damage to crops.

Canterbury

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Akaroa
Map Location: -43.806637 172.973757
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAkaroa recorded 5.0 in (12.7 cm) of rain.

Crop DamageUncut crops in a number of fields were flat after the deluge.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Christchurch
Map Location: -43.53112 172.636147
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicChristchurch recorded 3.23 in (8.20 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

DamageThere was widespread damage after the deluge.

Crop DamageMany oat crops in stook were badly sprouted.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Puaha
Map Location: -43.74385 172.82724
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicHeavy rain fell all day and night before the landslide. Puaha received approximately 2 in (5.08 cm) of rain in that time.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

CommentAt Puaha near Little River there was a landslide of enormous proportions after heavy rain.

CasualtiesIt caused the deaths of two men and injured another.

ImpactThe landslip blocked the creek and caused a temporary dam. This was washed away after a large quantity of water was collected behind the dam. The ground under the men was carried down to the creek bed.

References

Cowie, C.A.: Attwood, A.K. (1957) Floods in New Zealand 1920-53, The Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Council, Wellington, New Zealand, p.239.
Headline: Disastrous Landslide.
The Press, 20 January 1923.
Headline: The Weather, Record Downpour.
The Press, 20 January 1923.