6 Apr 2017

Edgecumbe evacuated in "one in 500 year event"

From Morning Report, 8:48 am on 6 April 2017

Hundreds of residents are being evacuated in the eastern Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe as flood waters rise.

Flooding in Edgecumbe

Flooding in Edgecumbe. Photo: Twitter / @transparency_a1

Residents are being told to evacuate to Kawerau immediately, contact friends and family in the area and check on their neighbours.

Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne told Morning Report there was a wall of water going through Edgecumbe "it is a one in 500 year event."