Regional parks close after land slips
Deluge and damage was brought on by the wild weather that struck this week.
Clevedon, in South-East Auckland, is bearing the brunt of torrential rain, with severe flooding.
Local residents say they have suffered stock losses, with one losing two horses and ‘‘lots of sheep’’ being swept away.
Two police officers had to abandon their vehicle after being hit by sudden flooding.
They scrambled to safety and called the Fire Service as their patrol car sank.
Roads to Clevedon and Kawakawa Bay were closed over safety concerns.
On Wednesday morning, almost 200 children and adults were evacuated from YMCA Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges.
Those stranded were evacuated by bus from Camp Adair to a community-led centre at Hunua School.
An evacuation of another 150 children from Hunua Falls Camp on Falls Road also took place.
Due to major slips, flooding and limited road access, the following South-East Auckland regional parks are closed to the public until further notice: Tapapakanga Regional Park, Hunua Ranges Regional Park including Hunua Falls, Wairoa and Moumoukai Valleys, Waitawa Regional Park, Duder Regional Park, and Waharau Regional Park.
An aerial photo taken from a drone on Wednesday of the flood damage around the Clevedon district which was cut off for some time.