'Worst I’ve ever seen it' – small Hawke's Bay settlement sees incredible flooding

The small Hawke's Bay settlement of Rissington has been slammed by torrential rain, causing the local river to rise alarmingly.

Local Josh Pye says he's never seen the river as high in more than a decade of being there. Source: 1 NEWS

Resident Josh Pye has lived in the area for a decade, and told 1 NEWS he's never seen the river so high.

Senior Station Officer Mark McGill says the flooding in Rissington can't be fought back – and the forecast is for more rain. Source: 1 NEWS

Two properties have already flooded, and Senior Station Officer Mark McGill said with more rain forecast, there was little they could do at this stage.