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Heavy rain batters Auckland

11 March 9.37am update

Published: 11 March 2017

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Aucklanders take care on roads, and reduce water use

Heavy rain across Auckland overnight has left roads closed, homes flooded and caused slips. 

Between 60mm and 90mm of rain has fallen across the region since midday Friday to 6am Saturday, including areas impacted by Wednesday’s deluge. 

There have been landslips on Waiheke Island and at Kawakawa Bay and a seawall has collapsed in Devonport, which has been sandbagged to minimise further damage.

The Fire Service has received more than 200 weather-related calls since midnight, while Auckland Council’s stormwater crews have logged and responded to around 185 calls since 1pm yesterday.
Auckland Council is receiving a significant volume of calls through its contact centres. People are being asked to be patient as there may be some delays.

Vector has dealt with power outages across the region, including Warkworth, Northcote, Western Springs, Herne Bay and Kawakawa Bay – please check the Vector website for further details

Pictured above: Mayor Phil Goff surveys rain damage with Clevedon resident Charles Malcolm and Aaron Davis Head of Emergency Operations, Auckland Civil Defence.

Preparedness

  • Check your drains and gutters to ensure these aren’t blocked. These can cause flooding issues during heaving rain. 
  • Take extreme care if you are driving in heavy rain, and delay trips if possible. Do not drive through floodwaters.
  • Consider alternative plans if you have an outdoor event scheduled this weekend.
  • If you live on a rural property, think about your livestock rotation for the weekend, especially if areas of your farms are flood-prone.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast.
  • If life or property is at risk, call 111.
  • If you experience stormwater issues or trees down on public land, call Auckland Council on (09) 301 0101.

Watercare urges Aucklanders to reduce water use

Water treatment at Watercare’s Ardmore plant has been slowed down to manage the amount of silt coming into the plant in water from its dams. As a result, Watercare is asking Aucklanders to reduce their water use by 20 litres (two buckets) per day. Read more on Watercare’s website.

Local roads

The following road closures in the Maraetai, Beachlands and Clevedon areas are in place:

  • Twilight Road
  • West Rd
  • All East Coast Rd from Kawakawa-Orere Rd to Waikato boarder
  • Maraetai Coast Road, in the vicinity of Duders Beach
  • Alfriston Ardmore Road closed from Brookby Road to Clevedon Takanini Road
  • Papakura-Clevedon Rd from Clevedon Takanini Rd to Clevedon (possible detour via Tourist Rd)

Clevedon-Kawakawa Road before entering Kawakawa Bay Rd is open, but motorists are advised to drive with extreme care.

Damage to land and properties

Properties in south east Auckland suffered some damage and flooding as a result of Wednesday’s storm. Those affected should contact their insurance company in the first instance and rural people can contact the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 for additional support.

Regional parks closed

Tapapakanga, Hunua Ranges, Waitawa and parts of Waharau regional parks remain closed due to flooding impacts. There is no public access allowed at these parks until further notice
Engineers will be assessing tracks, bridges and slips and reopening considerations will be made once the bad weather has subsided.

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