(Left): The Hauraki and Western Bay of Plenty districts were affected by last weekend’s deluge, closing roads,
causing slips and flooding properties. Waihi Beach resident Jackie Wenham’s lawn was under water, flooding several front and nearby properties and forcing evacuation of a resident.
Torrential rain caused widespread flooding in both Hauraki and Western Bay of Plenty districts at the weekend.
Western Bay Council fielded 60 flooding-related calls as of Monday 4pm from residents in Waihi Beach, Katikati and mokoroa.
Nine of them came from the Waihi Beach and Athenree area, a Council spokesman says.
“Overall there have been two reports of water entering houses, one of which is in Waihi Beach,” he says.
Some properties had water gushing into their basements in Athenree and Waihi Beach, forcing people to selfevacuate or shift their belongings to higher grounds.
Several affected properties on Jenkinson Street forced the evacuation of its downstairs occupant, Kymberly Jenkins, to the neighbours’ house.
Neighbour Jackie Wenham says the flooding happened really quickly.
“All of my front lawn and the front house’s lawn as well as a neighbour went under water.
“Kymberly lost everything except for her baby’s mattress and a few personal items. Lucky her baby was not with her at the time,”
Jackie’s husband Lockie helped Kymberly to get out of the house by the window as water was gushing inside.
“It was up to our knees in the driveway and it was dirty water,” Jackie says.
The Mayor View Fire brigade was called to turn the main power off for safety.
A cross lease house behind it flooded too, Jackie says, through its bottom level.
“They lost a fridge ruined by water and a big roll of carpet. Luckily they were down this weekend to witness it, and they got their car out to higher ground just in time.”
It is not the first time, this cluster of properties on Jenkinson Street has suffered from stormwater management issues.
“It is a low point and there is a creek running behind our house, south of the road. Also culverts were full of water with sand and silt, the gutters were full of leaves and Lockie even found a tyre stuck in one of the culverts. We have constant issues in this area with blocked culverts and we need them cleaned.”
Another property listed as an Airbnb had knee-high water too.
“Lockie came down there to unblock the culvert and afterwards hosed and broomed the mud left from the flooding,” she says. On Brighton road, contractors were pumping the water out of Waihi Beach properties and water covered parts of the street.
Coronation Park was nearly entirely under water with more flooding the carparks by Sunday night. In Waihi, levels of the hinemuri River peaked on Sunday reaching 16m at 6pm, a rise of around 4.2m compared to normal levels.
State Highway did not close but was reduced to one lane on Sunday after a slip occurred near Crown Hill Bridge, between Paeroa and Waihi.
The Barry Road/Golden Valley Bridge was re-opened on Monday afternoon after being closed and underwater the day before, Hauraki District Council reported.
Parts of SH2¯Obetween Katikati and Waihi was also partially flooded with the deluge.
Water was pumped out of several Brighton Rd properties.
Water covering Coronation Park and parts of the carpark in Waihi Beach.