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Developing floodplains risks lives, warns scientist

Monday 20 Jul 20 12:00pm

 Riverside Drive in Whangarei  was flooded by the Hatea River during Friday night's storm.


AN EXPERT in river flooding is calling for a halt to all development on floodplains in the wake of a massive storm that hit Northland at the weekend, causing extensive flooding.

Although the storm is being described by meteorologists as a once-in-500-year event, Massey University’s Professor Ian Fuller says floods of that magnitude have happened before and will happen again, especially as the climate changes.

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