City gets off lightly

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

While de­bris, flood­ing, and slips were left be­hind in some parts of the wider Auck­land re­gion af­ter this week’s weather bomb many parts of the city were left rel­a­tively un­scathed. The fire ser­vice re­ported no ma­jor in­ci­dents in cen­tral Auck­land dur­ing the storm that hit on Mon­day. Fire­fight­ers from the Auck­land fire re­gion, which stretches from Wells­ford to the Bom­bay Hills, at­tended 90 in­ci­dents be­tween noon on Mon­day and 9am on Tues­day. ‘‘Com­pared to other weather events it is way down on the scale. Most of the time it’s up in the hun­dreds,’’ fire ser­vice north­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion shift man­ager Me­gan Ruru says. The level of dam­age across Auck­land wasn’t as bad as some were ex­pect­ing. There were fewer than 10 in­ci­dents at­tended by the fire ser­vice in the re­gion where prop­erty had been dam­aged. ‘‘It was things like roofs lift­ing and win­dows be­ing smashed in.’’ The cen­tre re­ceived around 200 calls for the wider re­gion which stretches from North­land to Tau­marunui dur­ing the storm pe­riod. ‘‘The ma­jor­ity of them were calls about trees and pow­er­lines down on roads,’’ Ms Ruru says.

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