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Multiple slips and washouts had undermined the line. Work to fix it included building retaining walls to try to prevent any further subsidence, clearing debris, fixing signals and replacing ballast which has been washed away from underneath the rail.
The company said most damage occurred in the lower North Island, with the Wairarapa, North Island Main Trunk, Palmerston North to Gisborne, and Wanganui branch lines all being affected by flooding, slips and washouts from the storm.
The day before, a storm also caused damage to the Hokitika, Midland and Stillwater Lines on the West Coast of the South Island.
Most lines were restored within days but work continued on more significant damage on the Marton to New Plymouth Line between Wanganui and Whareroa until yesterday evening.
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