Houses evacuated on Kapiti Coast due to severe flooding

Six houses were evacuated in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast early this morning, when heavy rain and the high tide caused severe flooding.

Since 2.30am there have been more than a dozen callouts to flooding in the Paraparaumu beach/Raumati South area.  

Eleven streets around Paraparaumu Beach and Raumati South are still affected, with some closures in place.

Fire and Emergency Assistant Area Commander Gareth Hughes says six properties have been evacuated as a precaution, and the affected residents have gone to stay with friends or relatives.  

Kapiti Coast District Council is understood to be setting up an evacuation centre for those who need it as more heavy rain is expected to fall before 8:00am.