The owner of a flooded business who lost some of her chickens in rapidly rising floodwaters on Friday is questioning why her property was inundated when others nearby were not.
Lesley Limbe, who owns The Tin Shed retail business and small farmyard at Rangitata, 20 minutes south of Ashburton, said the floodwaters climbed “very suddenly” on Friday morning.
Limbe said her daughter had managed to rescue rabbits from “deep water” on the property, but some of her chickens could not be saved.
Her larger animals, which include a donkey, alpaca, sheep and kune-kune pigs, were safe and able to access higher ground.
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Waist-deep water meant the site was still cut off from the road on Saturday evening.
Limbe said although the property had flooded before, water had never got into her shop.
Properties on either side of The Tin Shed did not seem to be greatly affected, she said.
“We don’t know why it’s done this.
“The council should really be coming to have a look at it.”
The first sign The Tin Shed was in trouble was water returning to an old water race on the property, which had not been used for years.
“Within five minutes it had got right to the top,” she said.
“By 11am there was water in the shop.”
Most of her staff had already been sent home due to the heavy rain which lashed South Canterbury on Friday and caused a state of emergency to be declared.
Patchy rain and high winds continued on Saturday, before the state of emergency was lifted in the afternoon.
However, floodwater still appeared to be running down the side of the road and pooling at The Tin Shed on Saturday evening.
The driveway, an orchard and garden, and a small paddock beside the driveway, all flooded.
Limbe’s house, on a neighbouring section, was not damaged and most of the merchandise inside her store was safe as well.
She predicted the water would “take a while” to subside and the business would be closed for several days.
– The Timaru Herald