Tuesday, December 12, 2023

UPDATE: South Eastern Highway closed both sides

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Resident David Mallowes took shots early this afternoon at Mellons Bay.

The Mayor Wayne Brown has declared a State of Emergency in Auckland following extremely heavy rain throughout the city and in anticipation of even heavier rainfall this afternoon and early evening.

There was 30-35mm recorded in an hour at the worst of the downpour. Much more significant amounts of rainfall are expected in the coming hours. Metservice has issued an orange heavy rain warning and severe thunderstorm watch.

Metservice issued this forecast at 3pm. “Periods of heavy rain, with squally thunderstorms possible. Around 60 to 90 mm is expected, but possibly more in localised areas. Intensities of 10 to 15 mm per hour, but thunderstorms and downpours of 25 to 40 mm per hour, or more, are possible in localised areas. Heavy rain is likely to clear Auckland CBD around 9pm.”

Waka Kotahi NZTA is reporting that the South Eastern Highway is flooded and closed in both directions beneath the Southern Motorway overbridge.

NZTA recommends taking extra care and using an alternative route.

David Mallowes shot this image in Mellons Bay this afternoon.

Motorways all over the network are reporting issues with heavy rain, flooding and blocked lanes.

There is localised flooding all around the Howick and Pakuranga area with rural areas also seeing flooding across roads. There was deep water on Whitford Park Road and also Brookby Road an hour ago.

Reader David Mallowes snapped these shots as flooding subsided around Mellons Bay beach at 1.30pm today, and along the MacDonald Walkway from the beach.  “The damp house is the old dairy building at the beach, nearly damp is along the walkway,” says Mallowes.

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David Mallowes shot this image in Mellons Bay this afternoon.
Photo David Mallowes
David Mallowes
UPDATE 3.30PM: Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Fire and Emergency New Zealand has received 277 weather-related calls for help in the last seven hours from 8am – 3pm.
More than half of these calls came through between the hours of 12pm and 1pm. While 19 of these calls were from Northland, 258 calls were from Auckland.
About 100 of these were classed as urgent and the rest were classed as non-urgent.
Brad Mosby, on-call Commander for Tāmaki Makaurau, is urging people to be cautious and prepared.
“Please avoid unnecessary travel and don’t travel through floodwater. It’s difficult to judge the depth and currents during the daytime and impossible at night,” he says.
Fire and Emergency is asking people to remember to call 111 when life and safety are at risk, so the people who urgently need help can get through to our communications centre.
“Calls to flooded basements, for example, are not urgent. Please delay reporting those kinds of incidents until the current rainstorm has passed,” Mosby says.
You can find more information on how to prepare for severe weather here: Extreme weather events: safety tips and support | Fire and Emergency New Zealand
For the latest weather warnings follow MetService, and follow NZ Civil Defence and your local Civil Defence page for emergency warnings and advice.
The next update will be at 5pm.

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