A large slip has blocked Mangamahu Rd.
Resident Jane Atchison said the earth and debris came down on Thursday night at Aranui Bluff in the Mangamahu Valley after heavy rain.
Another slip on Burma Hill Rd also left locals unable to get out, though that slip was cleared yesterday.
A large retaining wall has come down at the bluff, 18.4km north of Mangamahu.
“It’s a biggie,” said Mrs Atchison of Mount View Station.
“The slips affected Manawaimai Station, The Shades and Aranui Station.
“I was due to pick up my grandchildren but that’s not going to happen. They’re in tears because they can’t come to nan’s house … have to be another day.”
Mrs Atchison’s husband Richard Winn is the fencer on Mount View.
The area, which is prone to slips, has been good in recent years, with the road remaining open even after heavy rain.
There were major problems in 2004 and a few years after that, when the retaining wall was put it.
Mrs Atchison said that, as she had been into town on Wednesday, she did not need supplies. “Thank God I’ve given up smoking.”
Yesterday afternoon, Wanganui District Council senior roading engineer Rui Leitao said there had been “a couple of very small slips on the Burma,” which had been cleared, as had slips on Whanganui River Rd, Kaiwhaiki Rd and Rangitatau East Rd.
The roads were passable but motorists needed to take care he said.
The Mangamahu Rd was a different story.
Council staff had checked the slip and it will not be fixed till next week, or maybe longer.
“I’m going out to inspect it on Sunday evening to make an assessment.
“It’s a major job though, both above and below the road. It’s still unstable and more rain is expected.”
He said the country around the slip is papa and after dry periods it dries and shrinks, but rain means water get into the cracks and it expands.
– Wanganui Chronicle