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The Waimea River Wave . . . never in the history of human endeavour . . .

17 May 19


A three-minute glimpse (from 2015): Vid, and comment, by Barbara Butler.When it’s been raining and the river fills up to capacity it breaks through and flows into the ocean. It starts with a trickle then turns into a raging river. Once the water is finished flowing, the waves from the ocean build up the sand again and block it again. Here people are just speeding up the process a little.

“For all the worriers out there who think the beach is now ruined – it all goes back to normal after just a few hours. It’s also beneficial to the Waimea Valley upstream, which would flood anytime there’s a lot of rain. And it is home to a beautiful botanical garden farmers markets so flooding there would be unfortunate.”

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