Heavy rain brings down big slip

By Andrew Ashton

Workmen yesterday frantically tried to remove tonnes of debris from railtracks at Awatuna after heavy rain caused a serious land-slip.
The rail tracks were left impassable after the whole side of a hill near Awatuna collapsed under the weight of torrential rain.
Met Service consultant meteorologist Ross Marsden said a total of 85.2mm of rain fell in a 10 hour period between Sunday evening and yesterday afternoon..
"The rain started between 4 and 5pm on Sunday and the heaviest was around 7am on Monday.”
According to the Met Service auto gage installed at Hokitika Airport 28.8mm deluged the town yesterday in just one hour between 6am and 7am.
Mr Marsden added that in addition to the 28 mm falling at 7am, there were also several other extremely heavy periods of rainfall, with 13.2mm falling between 7am and 8am, and a further 6.8mm deluge at 9pm on Sunday.
Despite the weather Hokitika Airport manager Drew Howat said no flights were cancelled, and the drainage at the airport meant that heavy rain was not a problem on the runway itself.