Wigan Bridge goes under water again

BRIDGE TO NOWHERE: Wigan Bridge is still closed, as it was last week, after heavy overnight rain. Gisborne District Council picture
Wigan Bridge.
Wigan Bridge.

Tolaga Bay’s battered Wigan Bridge is under water again.

Only days ago contractors had to clear the bridge including a large amount of slash that had piled up against it.

Engineers said the bridge had moved 30 centimetres.

Dolly Mitchell, of Uawa Foodmarket, said the bridge had flooded again but the township was “all good”.

The township was not flooded.

It was still raining this morning but it was not as bad as overnight.

The strong wind meant water did not ‘‘sit around’’ as it did last week.

Mrs Mitchell said she knew about a Tolaga Bay resident’s shipping container full of household items, which floated downstream twice on floodwaters.

It had been sitting on a property up the Tauwhareparae Road.

The first storm carried the container downstream and left it on the riverbank.

"This last storm’s floodwaters picked it up again, dumping it another two kilometres downstream on a bank above Wigan Bridge," she said.

Mrs Mitchell said she had not been to the beach, but she expected the slash to have been washed up to the sand banks.

Tolaga Bay Area School caretaker Graham Smith said the rain gauge showed 85mm from 9am yesterday morning until 9am this morning.

No school buses came in but the school was open.

The Gisborne Herald have been asked not to drive around inland Tolaga Bay today.

Tolaga Bay’s battered Wigan Bridge is under water again.

Only days ago contractors had to clear the bridge including a large amount of slash that had piled up against it.

Engineers said the bridge had moved 30 centimetres.

Dolly Mitchell, of Uawa Foodmarket, said the bridge had flooded again but the township was “all good”.

The township was not flooded.

It was still raining this morning but it was not as bad as overnight.

The strong wind meant water did not ‘‘sit around’’ as it did last week.

Mrs Mitchell said she knew about a Tolaga Bay resident’s shipping container full of household items, which floated downstream twice on floodwaters.

It had been sitting on a property up the Tauwhareparae Road.

The first storm carried the container downstream and left it on the riverbank.

"This last storm’s floodwaters picked it up again, dumping it another two kilometres downstream on a bank above Wigan Bridge," she said.

Mrs Mitchell said she had not been to the beach, but she expected the slash to have been washed up to the sand banks.

Tolaga Bay Area School caretaker Graham Smith said the rain gauge showed 85mm from 9am yesterday morning until 9am this morning.

No school buses came in but the school was open.

The Gisborne Herald have been asked not to drive around inland Tolaga Bay today.

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