Winds bring down trees
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.