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Storm continues to lash North Island

Police are calling on the army to help evacuate hundreds of residents in the central North Island.

Heavy rain has isolated a number of communities and flooded campgrounds in Hawke’s Bay.

Police have released a statement to say they are working with the council in three main affected areas: Waimarama, Clifton and Te Awanga.

These areas are affected by flooding and have been cut off.

Residents who have been affected are being evacuated by police, council and the army.

Police area shift commander Mark Oliver says it is believed up to 500 houses may need to be evacuated on the East Coast.

He says Civil Defence is already involved in the operation and the Salvation Army is supplying food and essentials for those displaced by the weather.

Mark Oliver says adding to the drama is the fact State Highway Four is closed.

He says a heavy truck and trailer unit crashed in the rain last night, killing a number of the cattle it was carrying.

Mr Oliver says a crane is being brought in from Hamilton to clear the scene but the weather is making it difficult.

In Taupo, residents are being urged to be careful as they wake to the aftermath of yesterday’s storm.

High winds cut power to more than 10,000 homes in the district yesterday and closed roads including State Highway Five to Rotorua.

Taupo District Council emergency manager Phil Parker says power hasn’t been restored to all areas yet.

He says people should treat all lines as live.

Last night, residents were told to boil all their drinking water, check on neighbours and stay at home.

“Just in case there are some problems, and the power is likely to go on and off again, that type of thing and also check your property and make sure it’s secure,” he says.

Mr Parker says there’s still quite a bit of debris flying around and the council doesn’t want people getting hit by it.

The wild weather has also reached Hawke’s Bay.

Emergency services are evacuating properties in Clive, near Hastings.

Heavy rain is expected in Gisborne today and strong southeast winds to reach gale force in exposed places.

Forecasters warned last night the foul weather could remain for the rest of the school holidays.

– NewstalkZB

What are conditions like where you are? Post a comment below…


Debi Brown on 27/04/2011 6:10am

I live in Hastings and feel for all people here, were i am we are very flooded but not enough to be to worried about, i’m for ever looking out my windows to check everythink is ok……at the moment our children’s sandpit which is about 1 foot deep is now a swimming pool you wouldn’t know that there is grass and concrete around it…but in saying that i hope everyone else is ok!!!!!!

Derek on 26/04/2011 10:56pm

Absolute beautiful morning so far here in Whangarei, all blue sky & sunshine. Feel sorry for those who are suffering all the rain. Feel very fortunate but we get our share at times.

Louise on 26/04/2011 10:32pm

HI, Sister lives in Nuhaka on a farm they are now Isolated but all ok. Batch at Mahia was nearly flood again as the creek became a river again……. Lots of water on Napier/Wairoa road & big slips.
Family at Nuhaka said nearly as bad cyclone Bola…….
In Napier I live by the creek that runs by Douglas McLean Avenue. Took The dog Scottie for a walk this morning along the river now (LOL) he loved getting is feet wet.

Walter Pou on 26/04/2011 7:59pm

Sunny here in Northland, little wind at the moment.

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