Thousands of Hectares (acres) of some of New Zealand's best pasture-land have been flooded, and three thousand people evacuated following the worst floods in the country's southern provinces for several decades.
GV AERIAL V: Countryside flooded in Southland, and town of Riversdale (2 SHOTS)
GV AERIAL PAN Rivers and country-side flooded. (2 SHOTS)
TV Man rowing boat
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Children on raft near flooded buildings (3 SHOTS)
GVs flooded homes and stalled vehicles. (3 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Landrovers moving on flooded road.
GV AERIAL PAN River at record height.
GRIFFIN: "A second state of emergency was declared in South-land. This afternoon the Country Council at Riversdale was calling for bags to shore up stop-banks against massive flooding being predicted for later tonight. Reporter George Burke says the town of Gore has been isolated since this morning (15 October)."
BURKE: "Flooding at McNab just north of Gore is the worst for at least sixty years, according to one resident. Down there somewhere are the main trunk railway line and a steel railway bridge. People living in the small township were up about half past four this morning when it became apparent the they were going to be flooded out. There are stock losses in this area, and some families have lost all their possessions. Just down the road a bit, water is up to 15 feet (5 metres) deep making it impossible to get to Gore. The water seems to be receding in Gore but earlier today residents were busy filling sand-bags to protect their homes. So far, it has not been necessary. There is severe flooding on other part of the main south road between Dunedin and Gore, and in a couple of places it is almost impassable. With all rivers in Oatgo and Southland running at a record high level and the weather office forecasting more rain tonight, prospects of the flood-waters dropping are not good."
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Background: Thousands of Hectares (acres) of some of New Zealand's best pasture-land have been flooded, and three thousand people evacuated following the worst floods in the country's southern provinces for several decades. No human lives were reported lost but sheep losses in the prime meat and wool producing districts were expected to be high. Downpours brought by a large sub-antarctic depression caused flash-floods, and several emergencies were declared by local authorities. Bernie Griffin and George Burke of Television Service Two in New Zealand report.