It had rained steadily for a day or two, and the river was rising when I wrote my previous blog.
Nevertheless, I find myself startled by the speed with which it subsequently rose. It rose so much, in fact, that it undermined the central support of a bridge to a small community in Birchville, Upper Hutt. Seventy houses have road access by that bridge, and without it, they are cut off. Furthermore, water and gas supplied are carried on it, so they may be in for a few weeks of severe inconvenience. I decided to avoid that area as the news came in, and went instead to the weir on the Hutt River. Except in very high water conditions the weir itself is usually visible. Yesterday it was totally submerged as the river raced towards the sea.
This was not a day for taking risks, and I am certain that the force of the water will have scoured out the river bed beneath the weir.
A slow exposure gave a nice impression of the river in flood at the weir, and to some extent cleaned up the silt laden flow.
I carried on up the river and then out to the Kiwi Ranch side road at Kaitoke. A nice misty view into the water catchment area for Wellington gave some hint as to where the river was getting its energy.
Another day tomorrow.