As it happened: Deluge brings massive flood to Auckland, swamping homes, cars, shops as North Island reels from autumn storm




North Island areas are in clean up mode after torrential rain caused more havoc, this time flooding houses, cars and businesses in Auckland.

Torrential rain left houses, cars and businesses awash with water which then disappeared as quickly as it arrived.
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8.40pm: Auckland Civil Defence says localised damage has occurred in West Auckland following the heavy rainfall.

Auckland Council Building Control is undertaking building assessments and Auckland Transport is working to assess and clear roads as quickly as possible.

Aucklanders are being warned to stay out of floodwaters as they may be contaminated and to observe cordons.

People experiencing issues with stormwater, buildings, or trees down on public land should call Auckland Council on 09 301 0101.

Overflow or wastewater flooding on your property should be called in to Watercare on 09 442 2222.

6.08pm Heavy rain and gales in the eastern North Island is expected to ease this evening, however a heavy rain warning is in place for the eastern Bay of Plenty.

5.45pm Fire services said 321 properties have have flooding, 225 of those in West Auckland. There have been 582 emergency calls since 6am this morning. 

Great North Rd has been closed near Bunnings Warehouse New Lynn as engineers assess damage of raised basement floor. 

5.33pm Power has been restored to Glen Eden after the substation had flood damage, according to Vector. They advise some residents may have hot water issues. 

Some Kawakawa Bay residents still do not have power from Wednesday as roads are still blocked by slippages. 

5.20pm A severe weather warning has been issued for the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Kapiti-Horowhenua, Wellington and Northland. Heavy rains are predicted by Metservice to move across east of Whakatane. 

5.10pm A large tree has fallen in the Auckland Domain.

A large tree fallen in the Auckland Domain after the storm

A large tree fallen in the Auckland Domain after the storm

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4.57pm Bunnings Warehouse New Lynn evacuated due to flooding. 

Flooding through Green Bay sweeps through homes

Flooding through Green Bay sweeps through homes

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4.52pm The Utuhina stream in Rotorua has burst its banks, endangering properties.

4.51pm Update: The slip on Huia Rd, Titirangi is not endangering a house, Fire Communications have said. 

4.37pm Green Bay High School has had nine rooms flooded, meaning Year 13s will stay home Monday for a study day. 

4.33pm A slip is threatening a home in Huia Rd, Titirangi, Auckland, say Fire Communications. 

4.20pm Motorists are being told by police to drive with caution around central Hawke's Bay due to surface flooding. The worst areas are the Takapau township and SH50 near Paget Rd. 

4.19pm Fire is responding to flooded homes around Auckland, including Glen Eden, Titirangi, Green Bay and New Lynn. 

4.03pm The worst of the heavy rain is said to have ended for Auckland. 

3.51pm Coromandel has been added as a severe weather watch.

3.39pm There have been landslips around Wellington in Newtown, and surface flooding further north in the Hutt Valley and Mana, Radio New Zealand have reported. 

3.31pm A car is fully submerged in a Tokaanu stream, south of Lake Taupo. The driver is not trapped and is having injuries assessed by ambulance staff. 

3.19pm Reports are coming in of a car in a creek on SH41 in Tokaanu, south of Lake Taupo. 

3.07pm There have been 527 emergency 111 calls since 6am this morning, according to Fire Communications. They are averaging a call every 24 seconds. 

3.00pm A severe weather watch has been issued for Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Waikato, Waitomo, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taumarunui, Taupo, Taihape, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Tararua, Wairarapa, Taranaki, Wanganui and Manawatu. 

Flooding on Portland Rd in Remuera

Flooding on Portland Rd in Remuera

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2.52pm Metservice issues severe thunderstorm watch for Auckland. More heavy rains likely until about 3.30pm.

2.47pm A bridge has been completely washed out in Ngongotaha, Rotorua. 

2.42pm 2,800 households in Glen Eden without power after substation flooding on Waikaukau Rd. 

2.34pm The public are being urged to avoid New Lynn due to risk of unstable buildings. 

2.31pm Motorists are being told by police not to travel in the wider New Lynn, Henderson and Kelston areas due to severe flooding. 

2.09pm Auckland Civil Defence are warning locals to stay out of flood waters due to possible contamination, strong currents or deep areas. 

2.00pm Fire service has rescued ten people from New Lynn floodwaters and are now searching surrounding buildings.

1.53pm Fire service reporting landslip into house at Butterworth Dr, Glendene; and a landslip at Trig Hill Rd, Onetangi that is continuing to slip.

1.43pm: Niwa Weather says Western Springs station recorded 35.6mm of rain between 11am and 1pm. 

1.25pm Great North Rd blocked at the Clark St intersection at flooding due to significant flooding, Auckland Transport reports. 

1.20pm The fire service is setting up lines to rescue multiple people trapped in floodwater at Great North Rd/Clark St in New Lynn. 

With more stormy weather forecast for tonight Aucklanders are being warned they'll need to keep conserving water for weeks.
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It's responded to 274 weather-related incidents since this morning. 

The fire service is also investigating reports of occupants trapped inside retail shops by floodwater in New Lynn. 

1.15pm Mind-blowing video shows a New Lynn backyard flooded up to chest-level in an hour.

1.10pm Great North Rd closed at intersection of Sabulite Rd and Glenview Rd, Kelston, due to flooding. This intersection is now open again as flooding has receded.  

1.08pm Power outage affecting over 1400 houses in Glen Eden, Vector Energy reports.

12.54pm Fire service reporting that the water is over waist deep in some West Auckland homes.

Flooded homes are in Avondale (20), Glen Eden (65), Henderson (30), West Harbour (10), Titirangi (43) and Te Atatu (8). 

12.50pm Weather images continue to flood in. 

Flooding in New Lynn home.

Flooding in New Lynn home.

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12.44pm Metservice offering up a message of hope, the end is in sight!

12.38pm Metservice issues a severe thunderstorm watch until 3pm.

12.33pm Titirangi has has 65mm of rain in the last hour, Auckland Civil Defence said. The downpour is predicted to continue to for the next hour. 

12.32pm Fire service reporting flooding in multiple homes on Sheridan Dr in New Lynn. 

12.32pm NZTA reporting surface flooding on the Southern motorway slowing traffic in the Takanini area. 

12.30pm SH16 Left lane westbound now closed after Lincoln Rd. The roads are now open again but congestion still remains. 

12.25pm Civil Defence urges the public to only use 111 emergency line if lives are at risk. 

12.20pm The Fire Service's heat map - 50 West Auckland homes have been flooded in two hours. 

12.17pm NZTA receiving reports of a slip and possible flooding on the State Highway 16 north of Kaukapakapa.

12.15pm NZTA reporting that flooding and a breakdown on the North-western motorway are blocking a lane westbound.

12.10pm Auckland Civil Defence is getting reports of flooding in Walpole St, Kalmia St, and Great South Rd in Ellerslie; and New North Rd, Mt Albert, and parts of Titirangi Rd. 

12.00pm Fire Services are responding to reports of flash flooding affecting properties across Auckland city suburbs, Fire Communication said on Twitter.

Homes in Kaukapakapa, Devonport, Parnell, Remuera, Eden Terrace, Blockhouse Bay, Morningside, Massey, Westgate, Whenuapai and New Lynn have reported flooding.

The deluge has also forced the cancellation of St Patrick's parade in the central Auckland suburb of Ponsonby. 

There will be no alternative date for the parade this year, Elephant Publicists have confirmed.

Auckland Civil Defence warned that a wild afternoon is expected ahead, with high winds hitting the region and bringing further bad weather.

MetService said there's a chance of tornadoes and another burst of heavy rain. 

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place until 2pm. 

Great Barrier Island residents are advised to brace themselves for extreme winds before midday. 

The Civil Defence have some tips for keeping safe in this weather: 

  • secure outdoor furniture and items
  • avoid travel if possible. If you must go out, drive to the conditions and don't drive through floodwaters.
  • bring pets inside
  • look out for neighbours and check on any that need help

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