Wairarapa News : July 17th 2013
2 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JULY 17, 2013 NEWS Wairarapa's largest circulating Community Newspaper delivered from the 'Brewery to the Beaches' every week. Find us at: W: www.wairarapanews.co.nz E: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 06 370 5690 Fax: 06 370 5699 Cnr Renall & Chapel Streets, Masterton M: PO Box 902, Masterton 5840 Manager: Lynette Juno E: Lynette.Juno@fairfaxmedia.co.nz Editor: Walt Dickson E: email@example.com For News: Piers Fuller E: firstname.lastname@example.org For Advertising: Rhondda Colban Lance Sayer Carolyn Francis E: email@example.com Classified Advertising: Sandy Mitchell Loren Hartnell E: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking Deadlines: Retail:Thursday 4pm Class: Monday 11am Read the full edition online every week follow the link on www.wairarapanews.co.nz : Wairarapa News 4883091AE HEAR EVERY WORD If your hearing is letting you down come and see Hearing Consultants, your Independent New Zealand owned and operated audiology clinic. Ph: 0800 432 725 www.hearingconsultants.co.nz • Wellington • Lower Hutt • Upper Hutt • Masterton 5444543AC Farmers get caught by flood waters By PIERS FULLER In deep: Stock manager for Manawa Station Darren Walton and farm worker Sam Moore were caught by a flash flood which swept their vehicles away. The Whareama River overflowed its banks north of Tinui and flooded farmland, catching four men by surprise. Underwater: A fence on Te Ore Ore Road shows water had receded considerably on Monday from previous days. Farmers who last week braved hor- rendous weather to save sheep were left swimming for their lives after a flash flood in eastern Wairarapa swept their vehicles away. Torrential rain caused the Whareama River to overflow its banks north of Tinui and inundate farmland, catching out the men as they attempted to move stock to safety on Thursday night. George Williams of Grassendale Station was part of the group on Manawa Station, owned by his neighbour David Dalziell, who set out to move a mob of sheep about 9pm when the waters rose and left them swimming for it. The element of surprise is what really caught us,'' Mr Williams said. It was like, Shit, this is happen- ing quickly'.'' Mr Williams, Mr Dalziell's cousin and neighbour John Dalziell, and stock manager Darren Walton were crossing the paddock on a quad bike and a side-by-side utility vehicle (UTV) and were nearing higher ground when the water began rising quickly. The men were one last ditch from safety when the water turned into a torrent and the quad bike car- rying two men tipped over. They swam for the UTV, which was sledging along the ditch due to the force of the water. The vehicle became stuck and the men climbed on top of its roof as the water rose around them. It was dark, but they had head- lamps on and they could see the fence and a 4WD on the farm track with its lights on not far away. Mr Williams removed his wet- weather gear, dived from the top of the UTV, and swam about four metres to the other side of the ditch with a rope, where he was able to stand up in water about chest deep. The other two men then swam across holding the rope. From there they were able to make it to the fence and over to the Hilux double cab. But the drama was not over. The 4WD had to drive through water which was coming up over its lights and into the cab. After they made it to higher ground, they left the vehicle and wal- ked about a kilometre to the farm- house to dry off. Another nearby farm worker, Sam Moore, found himself in a similar predicament when the quad bike he was on stalled in slow-moving water, forcing him to swim to safety. Mr Williams said it all happened very quickly and they only realised afterwards how dangerous it was. If one of us had got caught under that side-by-side as it was rolling down that creek, it could have all gone pear-shaped.'' Farm owner Mr Dalziell initially thought he had lost up to 800 sheep, but nearly all were discovered safe and sound in the morning. Nevertheless, he had lost some stock, but it was too early to tell how many. Mr Dalziell said the flooding had damaged his property and the rain- fall levels were the highest he had seen since 2004 and the third biggest flood they had ever experienced.
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