(Left): The Hau­raki and Western Bay of Plenty dis­tricts were af­fected by last week­end’s del­uge, clos­ing roads,

Waihi Leader - - Front Page - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

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.

PHOTO / JACKIE WEN­HAM.

PHO­TOS / ME­LANIE CAMOIN.

Wa­ter was pumped out of sev­eral Brighton Rd prop­er­ties.

Wa­ter cov­er­ing Corona­tion Park and parts of the carpark in Waihi Beach.

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