29 Jun 2013

Snow still causing problems on South Island farms

1:29 pm on 29 June 2013

Rural Support Networks in Canterbury and Otago say volunteers are still working hard on farms to clear snow and get to livestock.

Snow at Waipori Station, Otago, in late June.

Waipori Station, Otago, in late June. Photo: LANDCORP

Inland areas of Otago and Canterbury received their largest snowfalls in decades in a winter storm on 20 June.

North Canterbury Rural Support Trust co-ordinator Helen Heddel says about 60 volunteers are working flat out to rake snow on farmland. However she says no-one is still snowed into their homes.

Trust co-ordinator for Otago, David Mellish, says 1 metre of snow is still lying in some areas and there are access problems on farm tracks on higher ground.

Mr Mellish says access will become more difficult as the snow hardens because of heavy frosts.