A small area of torrential rain brought significant areas of flooding to parts of Bay of Plenty Saturday morning. (see the stories on our homepage).
Via our Facebook page WeatherWatch.co.nz reader Cruising New Zealand uploaded these photos
Flooded store – look at the ring of debris around the door and checkout desk/back wall showing how high the flood waters got.
Vagabond store filling up with water
Close up of water inside store flooding out of front door
“We were parked in our motorhome opposite Westhaven motel last night. At around 3.30 am it started pouring down with rain. It was extremely heavy. At 4am we turned the motorhome on and saw pilots bay was under water. We tryed to get to higher roads but all roads were up to the sills of the parked cars. We tryed to get down Maunganui road but the round a bout at Burger King was also under water. We got as far as Pizza Hut and had to head higher up grove road to escape the turents if water pouring across the road. We saw the vagabond store had water up the windows inside . Called the fire brigade but they were so busy. Alarm was going , then shorted out. Here’s an image of Westhaven motel” – Cruising New Zealand (Facebook)