Relief as crops survive storm

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The Oamaru farming community breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after the area’s crops survived the stormy weather and hail unscathed.

Inquiries from the Oamaru Mail revealed only Totara Lowlands had damage done to crops from the hail, which was very minor.

Owner Liz Robins said the hail had been soft, which meant the crops came out almost completely fine.

“It wasn’t as bad as we thought . . . it was a huge relief,” she said.

“I think all in all, we were very lucky.”

Brydone Growers owner Marty Quennell said there was no damage done to any of their crops.

Thankfully, Keen’s Berry Farm owner Peter Keen said their farm missed the hail completely.

“The raspberries survived . . . somebody was looking after me,” Mr Keen said.

Butler’s Berry Farm owner Donald Butler also said he could find any damaged produce.

“The strawberries are fine and the raspberries are extra good,” he said.

“They enjoyed the rain.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Waitaki District Council emergency services manager Chris Raine said the stormy weather saw about 7mm of rain fall over a 20-minute period at one point.

In wet weather, it was common for 7mm to fall over about an hour, Mr Raine said.

By DAVID DE LOREAN