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WEATHER LIVE: Floodwaters surge through Bay of Plenty town

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 6/04/2017

Floodwaters have surged through the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe, with hundreds of people evacuated and dozens of homes flooded.

Almost the entire town of 1600 people was evacuated after the Rangitāiki River burst its banks.

Whakatāne mayor Tony Bonne has described the flooding as a one-in-500-year event. Heavy rain over the past two days has caused flooding, slips, power cuts and road closures across the North Island.

The rain is shifting south but sodden earth and swollen rivers are still causing problems.

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