City gets off lightly
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.