We got 80mm overnight and  – from what our young neighbour Sam says, having observed the river going over the floodgates – the catchment area of the Waimea river appears to have got even more.

Which all ends up in the estuary, along with hay bales, uprooted trees and about an inch of topsoil.

This was pretty much close to high tide at the inlet today – saltwater pushing in one way from Tasman Bay and sediment-saturated freshwater pushing its way to the ocean.

The latter appears to have won the battle for now – the whole estuary is the hue of milky coffee….


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