Floods wide­spread as storm passes by

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Wa­ter gushed through parked cars on Ro­torua’s main street yes­ter­day as a del­uge struck the Bay of Plenty city.

And a quiet lit­tle creek be­came a thun­der­ing tor­rent through a Ro­torua sub­urb.

The Coro­man­del Penin­sula was also hit hard by the storm yes­ter­day morn­ing, par­tic­u­larly Waihi and Whanga­mata.

Metser­vice was pre­dict­ing the del­uge was go­ing to get worse.

Lo­calised down­pours of 20mm to 40mm per hour were fore­cast in the Coro­man­del Penin­sula and the Bay of Plenty.

In Ro­torua, res­i­dent Jan Ch­ester­man said a neigh­bour’s sink­hole had col­lapsed.

‘‘The bank is break­ing through. There’s quite a bit of wa­ter and rocks and what­not com­ing down here.

‘‘It’s thun­der­ing past.’’

Je­wan Preet, who works at a store in the cen­tral city, said wa­ter had flooded into half of the cars parked in the main street.

Fire Ser­vices spokesman Scott Os­mond said Ro­torua sta­tions had been in­un­dated with calls.

‘‘We have had over 100 jobs in Ro­torua. We’re at­tend­ing as many as we can, but we can’t get through all of them at the mo­ment.’’ A lot of houses were flooded and cars were get­ting stuck in the wa­ter.

In the Coro­man­del, Waihi fire chief Moe Stevens said the calls started com­ing in yes­ter­day morn­ing. ‘‘Peo­ple driv­ing into the flood­wa­ter and that sort of thing and a few garages, et cetera, [have] flooded.

‘‘A lot of the cases, there’s nowhere to pump the wa­ter – not a hell of a lot [we can do] in some cases.’’

Whanga­mata vol­un­teer chief of­fi­cer Nigel Airey said a cou­ple were res­cued on Satur­day night in Went­worth Val­ley.

‘‘They just drove through

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