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Ōtākaro/Avon River flood captured in time-lapse


27 March 2014


The one-in-100-year rain event that hit Christchurch in the first week of March was well covered in mainstream media and raised lots of discussion about flooding in Christchurch.

EOS Ecology had fortuitously installed some time-lapse cameras along the Ōtākaro/Avon River in the central city, and this footage is the result.

Watch as the river level changes during this spectacular southerly storm. The time lapse is based on five-minute intervals, and the moving of the images shows how strong the winds were - enough to move the trunk of a pretty large tree!

It is interesting to note the levels return close to base flow within a few hours of the rain stopping - a sure sign of a fully urbanised catchment. Look out for the cat and the ducks that make cameo appearances...

Thanks to Tree Tech for helping install the cameras.

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