Tempest delivers record rainfall
If you thought it was wet last week in Pukekohe - you weren’t wrong.
As the Tasman Tempest wreaked its worse over the North Island’s north, it didn’t spare Franklin - with Pukekohe saturated by its largest weekly rainfall total since records began in 2001.
Weatherwise Auckland recorded a massive 200mm of rainfall falling on the town - with Tuesday the wettest. A total of 109mm fell then - the most rainfall ever recorded in a single day in Pukekohe.
Pukekohe Volunteer Fire Brigade was kept busy in the rain. During the weekend’s deluge, the team attended 12 jobs. The brigade was required to vacuum, pump and soak up any excess water in flooded Franklin homes as well as attend non-fatal accidents that took place.
These crashes impacted power supply to some local homes. Counties Power said there were three ‘‘vehicle versus power pole’’ incidents which shut off power to addresses on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The most impact stemmed from a crash on Tuakau Rd, cutting power for five hours while a new power pole was installed an livened. This affected the south side of Pukekohe Hill including Tuakau Rd, Attewell Rd and Woodlands Rd.
Counties Power spokesperson Jodine Laing-Reeve said: ‘‘Crews faced high wind, driving rain and flooding while they worked to restore power.
‘‘This is a timely reminder to all motorists to drive to the conditions and if in doubt, don’t go out.’’
Hunua MP Andrew Bayly praised the efforts of all involved in the floods during last week’s wet weather crisis.
‘‘This has been an extreme event. The best thing about it is how the people have come together. The fire service and police have done a fantastic job working past normal working hours.’’
Meanwhile Aucklanders are still being urged to continue reducing their water use. Aucklanders are encouraged to meet the ‘‘Save 20’’ target by saving 20 litres of water per person per day. The message applies to everyone connected to the supply network from Pukekohe to Waiwera.
Flooding on Buckland Rd, Pukekohe on March 8.