Tem­pest de­liv­ers record rain­fall

Franklin County News - - FRONT PAGE - RUWADE BRYANT

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.

BRIAR HUB­BARD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Flood­ing on Buck­land Rd, Pukekohe on March 8.

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