Many residents in the upper North Island face a clean up today after wild weather which caused flooding.
The residents of at least five North Shore City homes prepared to move out as floodwaters rose overnight. On the Hibiscus Coast, four homes at Stanmore Bay and one on Whangaparaoa Rd were flooded.
In Auckland City, an Ellerslie woman had to be rescued from her car when she became trapped during a deluge. Another motorist was trapped by floodwaters in Portland Rd, Remuera.
Homes were also flooded in Orakei, Ellerslie, Remuera and Mt Wellington. A stream overflowed and ran through properties in Mission Bay and in Meadowbank raw sewage erupted back through one home’s toilet cistern. Commercial premises were flooded in St Johns and Penrose.
In St Heliers, residents in a Whytehead Cres property watched as water rose through their floorboards. A further five houses in St Heliers were flooded by rain and sewage.
In Vida Place, Howick, the entire street was flooded. Homes and garages were also flooded in nearby O’Halloran Rd and Juliet Ave.
A Coromandel Peninsular family were driven from their house by waist-deep water and others were trapped in their homes. At one point, firefighters were going door to door checking that people were OK.
WeatherWatch.co.nz received reports of up to 40mm of rain falling in just 60 minutes yesterday afternoon, suggesting that rainfall could have easily exceed the 100mm predicted by MetService in some areas.
– NEWSTALKZB.CO.NZ. Image / Simon Williams