21 Jun 2014

Video reveals flash flood devastation

4:23 pm on 21 June 2014

A Coromandel councillor is hoping to convince local and central government to contribute financially to the clean-up effort on northern Coromandel farmland hit by flash flooding.

Farmers are estimating 1 metre of rain fell in just six hours on 10 June, flooding homes and causing large scale erosion

Flash flooding devastated parts of Coromandel in June.

Flash flooding devastated parts of Coromandel in June. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Waikato regional councillor, Clyde Graf, has released a video, showing the damage done to properties by huge trees and boulders sent down eight valleys in the torrent.

Farmers have said it will take years to clean up the damage.

The Port Jackson Road is due to reopen on Sunday to get stock out of the area, which cannot be grazed locally because paddocks are covered in silt and fences have been washed out to sea.

Mr Graf said the area will need a lot of help from the regional council and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Harold Ward, a Coromandel beef farmer, said the storm brought down massive trees and boulders, washed out roads, flooded homes and wrecked farmland.

He said the main house on his farm was ankle deep in water, and is unhabitable.

He said luckily his elderly mother, who lives there, was away at the time of the flood but many of her personal possessions and documents were destroyed.

Mr Ward said established gardens around the house have also been destroyed.

Chairperson of Waikato regional council, Paula Southgate, said she will talk with the district's mayor early next week to find out what extra help is needed.

Thames Coromandel mayor, Glenn Leach, said the district council has been helping people affected by the flooding.

But some people spoken to in the video say they need more outside assistance.

Watch the You Tube video here