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Capital hit by heavy rain/flooding

Heavy rain and thunder has swept across the Capital inside the last twelve hours.

A deluge of rain that came with 150 lightning strikes flooded properties and disrupted traffic.

Fire Service shift manager Murray Dunbar said the service got 67 callouts in the greater Wellington region between 8-10.30pm.

While Wellington was spared serious flooding, it stretched from Tawa, across to Hutt Valley and Porirua, before moving further north towards Whanganui.

Inspector Marty Parker said Akatarawa Rd – which joins Waikanae and Upper Hutt – remained closed this morning due to a slip brought down in the rain.

There was also some debris on the Rimutaka Hill Rd but traffic was able to get around this morning.

Conditions are expected to slowly improve throughout the day.



michael s on 4/02/2013 9:10pm

Very heavy rain on and off all night. Recorded 57.1mm over the 24hrs with about 30mm in the 8-10 last night. Streets were looking like rivers. Very surprised to escape serious flooding. Has been an amazing last 3 weeks here up to yesterday. Even had some lightning last night but not a lot

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