Tasman Tempest saturates Franklin
A teenager was forced to flee her bedroom at 4.30am as floodwaters poured into her bedroom on the Firth of Thames coast.
Nicki Ridler, her partner Jared Curtain and her three daughters are now trapped inside their Kaiaua home after heavy rain pounded the North Island Tuesday night.
‘‘We are still under water, it just hasn’t stopped,’’ Ridler said from the family home in Libscombe Rd, north of Miranda, on Wednesday morning.
‘‘At the moment it’s subsided away from the front door, thank goodness but it’s still pretty bad.’’
Wednesday morning’s high tide combined with heavy rain to send water flooding through the front door of Ridler’s daughter Charlotte’s room.
‘‘Our daughter came in from the back part of the house and her room was going under.
‘‘We have a teenage daughter  out in the shed and she basically had to watch her room go under.’’
The family scrambled to lift up stereos and valuable items from the ground as knee-high water poured through the ranch slider and soaked the carpet at 4.30am.
They hadn’t had a chance to assess the damage yesterday.
‘‘It’s still under water, luckily we were awake.’’
Water levels reached half way up Ridler’s thighs at the front gate to the property.
Ridler said the pet possum ‘Willow’ was ‘‘freaked out’’ and had to be rescued from a branch. ‘‘She’s in the garage in the carry cage until the water goes down.’’
This is the second time the house has flooded after a storm six years ago sent a deluge of water through. Last time floodwaters came within a metre of the front door, but Ridler said this time water crept all the way up the front steps of the homestead.
All of the roads surrounding the house were under water yesterday, cutting off access to Kaiaua and Miranda.
Much of Franklin was affected by heavy rain, with flooding caused by ‘Tasman Tempest’ reported districtwide.
More than 200 children and adults were evacuated from the YMCA’s Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges on Wednesday morning, due to flooding.
The children were transported to Hunua School by tractor, boat and bus, where the Fire Service canteen truck served hot drinks. They were bundled up in grey blankets, and ate baked beans in Hunua School classrooms.
Geoff Pearson, the owner of Wairoa River Farm and ROCKUP Adventures near Camp Adair, said his 180 acres had suffered ‘‘a lot of damage’’.
The river had flooded to the highest point in over 10 years - higher than the 100-year flooding mark - and he had lost cattle and fencing.
Pearson said the volume of rain had taken them by surprise. Looking at the forecast earlier in the week he thought ‘‘a couple days of rain, that’ll be great’’.
He said his rain gauges topped out at 150mm and they were already full at midnight.
‘‘There’s some unhappy people. Right now it’s raining still - the river’s dropped about a metre but the flooding is still extensive.’’