Flood­ing cre­ates cow is­land in the Hokianga

Northern News - - OUT & ABOUT - BAY­LEY MOOR

Wild weather sparked flood­ing and cut power to parts of the Far North last week, clos­ing schools and catch­ing some an­i­mals off-guard.

North­land lines com­pany Top En­ergy says some pock­ets of homes went with­out power in Fair­burn, Kaitaia and Hon­ey­moon Val­ley.

High tide saw also saw a num­ber of cows stuck on the flooded plains on Koutu Loop, near Opononi in the Hokianga. They have since reached dry land.

Kaikohe East School prin­ci­pal Chicky Rud­kin said the flood­ing at the North­land school was the worst she had seen in 48 years.

She said 120 stu­dents out of the pri­mary school’s roll of 280 were away on June 22, due to be­ing un­able to make it to school. ‘‘I’ve never seen it like this be­fore.’’

Kaeo School was closed, with buses un­able to run. Pe­ria School was also closed to due to flood­ing.

The flood­ing came as rain bands passed over the top of the North Is­land fol­low­ing heavy rain in parts of North­land.

Flood­ing and slips caused de­lays for mo­torists on State High­way 10 east of Taipa, near Doubt­less Bay, the NZ Trans­port Agency warned.

Top En­ergy said trees get­ting into power lines had been the main cause of faults, with a long line of wat­tles caus­ing an out­age af­fect­ing 385 cus­tomers in Towai, east of Kawakawa.

MetSer­vice recorded Kerik­eri as get­ting the most rain­fall in the coun­try. The rain and wind eased later in the day.

‘‘I've never seen it like this be­fore.’’

Chicky Rud­kin

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