The soil in Gisborne is now resembling porridge – according to Gisborne District Council’s principal scientist Dr Murray Cave it’s more like melted ice cream. On Sunday the Gisborne state of emergency was lifted following a few days of heavy rain and while locals were relieved the rain did not reach forecasted levels, but what did fall still wreaked “havoc” on a region that has had more than its average annual rainfall in less than six months. Dr Cave fears landslides will get worse over winter and it won’t be until summer that land stability would come right again. Tikokino area in Hawkes Bay had 600 millimetres of rain in the past 7 days, inland Ruatoria had 565 mm and 494mm at Tokomaru Bay, with a number of other coastal sites in excess of 400mm.