South Island flooding effects

A satellite photo of the South Island following the heavy rain and floods shows all the sediment washing out to sea:

CawthronSouthIslandFloods

Zoomed in to show the Taieri Plain flooding (just to the left of ‘Dunedin’, with the sediment outflow at Taieri Mouth washing up the coast.

CawthronTaieriFlooding

I went down the coast to Taieri Mouth on Sunday, the river looked like a swollen sludge outflow. The surf right down the coastline was very dirty.

The sediment from the Taieri River is drifting up the coast towards Dunedin.The Taieri River comes from the Maniototo where there was also heavy rain.

The sediment outflow in the bottom right of the photo is from the Clutha River. There was also flooding upriver there.

From:

CawthronSouthIsland.jpg

From the CawthronEye Satellite.

 

3 Comments

  1. sorethumb

     /  July 25, 2017

    So much for “only 0.05% of NZ is urbanised”. There will be pressure to build on flood plains.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 25, 2017

    Great photos, PG.

    • Gezza

       /  July 25, 2017

      I’ll say. Especially the bottom one. It looks like the clouds rolled back to let it be taken. Amazing planet we live on.