A state of emergency was declared in Rotorua after a record downpour flooded the tourist city.

On Saturday and Sunday, nearly 170 mm of rain was recorded, that’s 1.5 times the April average in two days.

Although MetService says the worst is over, many locals faced a massive clean-up yesterday morning.

Local Curtis Hemana says he his family are cleaning up the aftermath of the flooding caused by the Ngongotaha Stream.

“It was a bit emotional going into the house and seeing the kid’s toys floating around. The main thing for us here is to take care of our kid’s.”

A lot of whānau have been made to go elsewhere for now, and school was closed yesterday.

Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi was there and says the council have made requests for the government to get involved quickly.

“We’ve had a letter from the mayor already, to help and assist. Obviously, there’s going to be a big clean up job and some families might need help.”

Until the assistance arrives, the locals have their work cut out for them.

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