February 20th, 2004


Weather report

It's dry and cheerful in the Valley this morning, though both routes north out of Wellington were closed overnight, SH1 by flooding and SH2 by slips. If the airport and ferries were also closed (as seems likely) them the capital will have been cut off. Trains are running erratically this morning: the 8 o'clock has just arrived, on an unexpected platform, formed from a different carriage type to what we might expect. However, I'm not complaining: blue carriages are much better than red.

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Floods in the Hutt Valley

A major Flood in the Hutt Valley Region hit in the early hours of
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.
> 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
> Avalon.

Not cricket

I might have gone to the cricket this afternoon, but I didn't. Instead, Viv and I looked at books in Upper Hutt. We didn't buy any, but went off for coffee and cake instead. It's a beautiful afternoon, the calm after the storm.

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