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Nelson residents face clean up after floods

Roadworkers repair the damage after flooding in Stoke (Source: Summer Cockerell)

Summer CockerellRoadworkers repair the damage after flooding in Stoke

Flooding in the Stoke, Nelson (Source: Supplied by Katey Palmer)

Supplied by Katey PalmerFlooding in the Stoke, Nelson

Flooding in a cow shed in Gordonton (Source: Facebook Robbie Waldron)

Facebook Robbie WaldronFlooding in a cow shed in Gordonton

Nelson residents face a major clean up after a sudden deluge flooded properties and closed roads last night.

Civil Defence said more than 90 homes had been evacuated in both Nelson and the neighbouring Tasman District as a result of the downpour.

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Business in the regions now face with mopping up the mess before being able to reopen shop.

Carolyn Norgate, who owns a business in the suburb of Richmond, said she would not be able to reopen until she got the "all clear" from her insurance company.

"Who knows, the floors might have to be taken up and redone."

The Insurance Council of New Zealand said 1500 house and contents claims had been made for both regions so far.

Swimming warning

Nelson residents are being warned not to swim at Tahunanui Beach and the Waimea estuary due to the discharge of effluent following the heavy rain.

The council has also issued a boil water notice to Motueka residents on the reticulated system, and advises all bore owners to boil water.

"Any resident who has had mud and silt inundation on their property should take care when cleaning up because of the possibility of sewage contamination," the council said.

While rain is expected to continue in the regions overnight, the weather is expected to clear from tomorrow.

However, MetService said heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms were still possible in the western ranges of Nelson.

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