Floods return as remnants of Cyclone Debbie hit

Times photo Wayne Martin

It’s Déjà vu for parts of east Auckland as the remnants of Cyclone Debbie move across the country.

This morning offered a brief reprieve from the downpour overnight but Civil Defence is warning it will only get worse.

The worst weather is expected between 11am and 9pm today and is likely to cause even more damage to already saturated properties.

The Times has learnt Somerville Intermediate camp on Mototapu Island has been evacuated.

More than 150mm has fallen north of Auckland with the city recording around 100mm of rain.

Photos Wayne Martin

Auckland Transport have all the details of the latest road closures on their Facebook page.

Civil Defence tips

If your property or suburb is flood prone:
  • Make sure your drains and gutters are cleared
  • Report any blocked or overflowing public street drains – see the Auckland Council website for more information.
  • Move any items in flood-prone areas somewhere they won’t get wet or damaged.

If your property or suburb is affected by slips or power outages:

  • Prepare for the possibility that your road access may be cut off.
  • Ensure you have food and provisions on hand in case of isolation.
  • Never attempt to drive over slips.
  • Treat power lines as live at all times.

Drive to the conditions:

  • Never drive through floodwaters.
  • Avoid areas where flooding has occurred and, if roads are closed, observe road closures at all times.
  • If stuck in flood waters, get out of your car and move to higher ground as quickly as possible

Homes affected by floods:

  • If your house is uninhabitable due to flooding and you are unable to stay with family/friends, please call Auckland Council on 0800 22 22 00 for further support

 

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