Re­gional parks close af­ter land slips

Eastern Courier - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

JA­SON DORDAY / FAIR­FAX NZ

An aerial photo taken from a drone on Wed­nes­day of the flood dam­age around the Cleve­don dis­trict which was cut off for some time.

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