24 Jul 2023

Widespread flooding hits Canterbury

From Morning Report, 6:43 am on 24 July 2023

Residents are waking up to more wet weather today in Canterbury.

There has been widespread surface flooding, and some residents were encouraged to evacuate last night as a precaution in case river levels rose.

All bridges across the Ashburton River including State Highway 1 overnight were closed due to the risks posed by flood debris.

Ashburton mayor Neil Brown and Selwyn mayor Sam Broughton spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.