Wettest June hour in Auckland’s history
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.
Flooding closed Matipo Primary School.