Relief is on the way for the West Coast community hammered by wild weather.
The Emergency Operations Centre has finally stood down staff who worked around the clock yesterday dealing with everything from stranded school kids to washed-out bridges.
A woman also died after being washed away by the flooded Haupiri River.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn told Larry Williams the weather is starting to clear now, but they have had a dumping of 350 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours.
"So it has taken out two bridge approaches which is really bad and will affect the Arthur's Pass community
LISTEN ABOVE AS TONY KOKSHOORN SPEAKS TO LARRY WILLIAMS