Wettest June hour in Auck­land’s his­tory

The Dominion Post - - Politics-News -

Eighty homes were af­fected by flood­ing af­ter heavy rain pelted the Auck­land re­gion yes­ter­day.

Cars were trapped in flood­wa­ters in cen­tral and West Auck­land and a pri­mary school was forced to close due to wa­ter and elec­tri­cal dam­age.

In Pukekohe’s Sub­way Rd, two peo­ple were pulled from a car which was stuck up to its bon­net in wa­ter.

Sergeant An­drew Heath, the Coun­ties Manukau po­lice road polic­ing team su­per­vi­sor, said a woman and her daugh­ter were driv­ing be­neath an over­bridge when they struck flood­wa­ters one me­tre high.

The two es­caped in­jury were left in shock, Heath said. but

‘‘She’s just driven in and has been caught un­aware.’’

Niwa said the down­pour, in which 25.4mm of rain fell be­tween 1pm and 2pm, was the wettest June hour in recorded his­tory in Auck­land.

The fire ser­vice had been in­un­dated with calls about the flood­ing, which had forced it into mul­ti­ple in­ci­dent pro­ce­dures.

A spokesman said 80 homes had been af­fected by flood­ing, while creeks had over­flowed in Swan­son and Mt Roskill.

The fire ser­vice had at­tended in­ci­dents in Green­hithe, New Lynn, Swan­son, When­u­a­pai, West­mere, Block­house Bay, Glen Eden and Water­view.

Se­vere flood­ing in Glen­dene, in West Auck­land saw two cars trapped in wa­ter need­ing emer­gency ser­vices to get them out.

Sur­face wa­ter on Great North Rd was so deep it flooded the en­gines of two cars, which had to be towed.

‘‘It was tor­ren­tial rain and we sud­denly saw the wa­ter but the only op­tion was to swerve or drive through,’’ pas­sen­ger Dana Te Rito said.

‘‘We skid­ded through it and now the whole car is flooded and won’t start.

‘‘We were on the way to the mid­wife and I’m 41 weeks preg­nant so I’m just hop­ing the baby doesn’t de­cide to come now.’’

Mean­while, a visit to friends in One­hunga turned into a sod­den nightmare for a Favona woman.

Aarti Pilli’s car got swamped in Beachcroft Ave, forc­ing her to aban­don her car.

‘‘Wa­ter started com­ing in, my en­gine stopped and I had to get out, it was very fright­en­ing,’’ Pilli said.

At least five cars, in­clud­ing her Suzuki sedan, were flooded. Tow trucks were soon on hand to fish the cars out.

Sev­eral res­i­dents on one side of the av­enue were ma­rooned by the flood.

One res­i­dent, mother-of-three So­nia Pinto, was trapped at home with 18-month-year-old Eli.

‘‘It was so deep there was no way I could get my [two other] kids from pri­mary school,’’ she said.

A staff mem­ber at Matipo Pri­mary on West Auck­land’s Te Atatu Penin­sula said mul­ti­ple build­ings had been flooded.

Chil­dren were sent home early and the school would be closed to­day due to wa­ter and elec­tri­cal dam­age.

Stu­dent Seth Stylianou said a com­puter room and PE shed were flooded and there had been re­ports a fur­ther two class­rooms were also in­un­dated.

Auck­land Trans­port spokesman Mark Han­nan said some bus ser­vices had been af­fected by the flood­ing.

PHOTO: RE­BECCA STEVEN­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Flood­ing closed Matipo Pri­mary School.

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