Watch: ‘The brown shadow’ of darkness creeps into Wellington’s Evans Bay
Footage of a brown wave moving through Evans Bay in Wellington this morning. Video / Andrew Elias-Jones
A cloudy brown wave that crept into Wellington’s Evans Bay this morning and darkened the bay’s waters was captured on video.
A Wellington city councilor said the substance was silt from the Hutt River, after it was stirred by heavy rains over the weekend.
Andrew Jones watched the brown film sink in Evans Bay around 11:45 a.m. – and initially worried it was sewage or a toxic spill.
“I looked out the window and there was this red-brown shadow… crawling across Evans Bay, insidiously taking over. [the bay],” he said.
East Ward Councilor Sean Rush said whenever there was a downpour, the Hutt River and associated water channels were effectively dumped into the harbor.
“The visual is a clean line as shown in the picture and generally shocks people. Often they believe [it is] waste. If it was hectic, like yesterday, you wouldn’t see it so well, ”Rush said.
The brown silt would disappear in two or three tidal cycles, he said.