Ashley Rakahuri River flood 30 May 2021
Left: 4.00pm 29 May. Water flow 4 cumecs.
Right: 4.00pm 30 May. Water flow 966 cumecs.
Photos: Nick Ledgard
Photos – Grant Davey
Just downstream from here, past where they had stopped doing this, the river did break through quite a high natural bank. I have/had a trap in the willows just past that bare gravel. I didn’t think this was a spot in danger. Two other traps just upstream from this photo, which I also didn’t think were at risk, had been washed a few metres and filled with sand. Further downstream I rescued a few traps, before the flood, which would definitely have gone.
We are not going to have to clear weeds this year, with the possible exception of a few willows. There doesn’t look to be a massive amount of driftweed around either. The higher islands and the berm, as expected, have attracted a lot of sand – so weeds will probably grow rapidly again. But from what you can see of the lower islands, they seem very gravelly which will be good for nesting and worse for weeds.
Once the river is back to 10 or 15 cumecs I’ll drone photograph between Cones Rd and SH1 to properly see what has happened.
– Grant Davey