Winds bring down trees

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High winds and heavy rain hit Rod­ney and the Hi­bis­cus Coast on Thurs­day.

Three macro­carpa trees came down on the Coatesville-River­head High­way around 4.30pm, forc­ing clo­sure of a sec­tion from Old Rail­way Rd to the River­head round­about, con­trac­tors Ful­ton Ho­gan say.

Traf­fic was di­verted for about an hour and a half.

Over­all dam­age was fairly low, with sur­face flood­ing the most com­mon prob­lem, Auck­land Trans­port com­mu­ni­ca­tions spokesman Wally Thomas says.

About 13 stormwa­ter ser­vice re­quests were re­ceived for the north­ern area.

Matakana had 77mm of rain that day, Kaipara 56mm, Orewa 43mm and Maka­rau 41mm.

Tau­paki Creek, usu­ally just a trickle, was lick­ing the bot­tom of the Waitakere Rd bridge.

‘‘This stream fre­quently floods over the win­ter and it’s not un­com­mon to reach about a foot above the road sur­face,’’ res­i­dent Geoff Black­more says.

‘‘It didn’t hap­pen on this oc­ca­sion be­cause the pre­vi­ous few days had been dry so the ground wasn’t al­ready wa­ter-logged enough to flood any higher.’’

High­way ob­sta­cle: Work­ers re­move the three macro­carpa trees from the Coatesville-River­head High­way south of River­head. No ve­hi­cles were hit when they fell.

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