Carmen Yanko, 53, died after two men fleeing police crashed their car into hers in the early hours of yesterday morning near Nelson.
"Due to its size, another earthquake could have sent it rolling down the hill, taking out any rockfall protection in the process."
When it comes to a father's love, neither hell nor high water - nor washed out roads - will stop dad coming through.
Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi says it will take several days to repair the road that links Takaka with Nelson.
Cyclone Gita has left a huge trail of destruction on Takaka Hill after slamming into the South Island yesterday.
Two sections of the road in Tasman District have been washed away and the road is expected to be closed for days.
Higgins Concrete Nelson put an offer on Facebook to deliver free sand to residents in low lying areas.
The area has already been hard-hit twice this month and there's concern they could be in the firing line again.
It might be best to stay with friends or family tonight if you have concerns, according to Civil Defence.