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Police identify woman, 66, swept away by West Coast floodwaters

A woman died on the West Coast, north of Hokitika, after being swept away by floodwaters this morning.

A former rail bridge on the Arahura River near Hokitika (file picture) Source: istock.com

Police have this afternoon named the woman as Gloria Reardon-Hirst, 66, of Arahura valley.

Police say she appears to have got out of her vehicle and tried to cross the road on foot.

Read more: State of emergency still in place for West Coast as wild weather moves north

She was swept away by strong flowing surface flooding on Arahura Valley Rd.

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1 NEWS reporter Sam Clarke was at the scene at Franz Josef. Source: Breakfast

Her body was found about 9.19am today. 

Police say her death will be referred to the coroner.

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Wild weather has been battering the West Coast. Source: Supplied