Localised flooding occurred with each of the major earthquakes in Canterbury in 2010- 2011. Its causes were both natural from disturbances to the water table and soil structure; and from broken water, storm water or sewage pipes. Areas surrounding the rivers and low lying parts of the coast were particularly badly effected. In most parts of Christchurch the flooding drained away, however in areas where the ground subsided the land is more susceptible to flooding from heavy rain or large high tides.
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