Sunday 15th February 2004.
> Worst hit Area: Lower Hutt, Wellington. The Flood decimated the area
> causing approximately $30.00 worth of damage. Several priceless
> collections of mementos from the $2.00 Shop were damaged beyond repair.
> Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed. Many locals were
> woken well before their benefit arrived.
> More FM News (Radio Station) reported that hundreds of residents were
> confused and bewildered, still trying to come to terms with the fact that
> something interesting had happened in Lower Hutt.
> One resident - Tracy Sharon Smith, a 15-year-old mother of 5 said "It was
> such a shock, my little Chardonnay Mercedes came running into my bedroom
> crying. My youngest two, Tyler-Morgan and Megan-Storm slept through it
> all. I was still shaking when I was watching Rikki Lake the next morning."
> Apparently though, looting, muggings and car crime did carry on as normal.
> The New Zealand Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of Raro
> to the area to help the stricken locals. Rescue workers are still
> searching through the Flood damaged area and have found large quantities
> of personal belongings, which include benefit books, jewelry from Cash
> Converters and Bone China from The Warehouse.
> HOW CAN YOU HELP
> This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing, parcels for those
> unfortunate to be caught up in this disaster. Clothing is most sought
> after, items most needed include: Body Glove or Warehouse own baseball
> caps Kappa tracksuit tops (his and hers) Shell suits (female) White sport
> socks Rockport boots and any other items usually sold in K Mart. Food
> parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same. Required
> foodstuffs include Microwave meals, tins of baked beans, ice cream and
> cans of Lion Red or Speights. 22c buys a pen for filling in the
> compensation forms, $2.00 buys chips, crisps and blue fizzy drinks for a
> family of 9, $10.00 will pay for a packet of Holiday Ciggies and a lighter
> to calm the nerves of those affected.
> Please do not send tents for shelter, as the sight of posh housing is
> unfair on the population of neighbouring areas of Silverstream, Naenae and