[9 March/The Country]

Heavy rainfall of up to 329mm in just over 24 hours was recorded in the Hawke’s Bay Region, thirty years since Cyclone Bola. The rainfall was almost three times the March average over the thirty year period. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Principal Scientist Climate and Air, Dr Kathleen Kosyniak, said the rainfall was quite focused in contrast to the much wider spread of Cyclone Bola. Farming identity Phil Holt added that at a Beattie Road Property they had 354mm of rain in just 12 or 13 hours, but at his own property just 5-6 kilometres away there was barely 30mm. The worst flood on record in Hawke’s Bay was the Clive Flood in 1897 in which 10 people were recorded as losing their lives.