Hunua resident escapes from trapped car during flood
As the flood water reached his car windows, Neil Munro thought he was going to die.
The Hunua resident was driving to work around 6am on Wednesday morning when his car was suddenly washed off Moumoukai Road during flooding across rural south Auckland.
"It was pitch black and just before I realised there was flood water there … I tried to reverse but my car was already floating and it turned 180 degrees and the current washed me over the road and into willow trees.
"There was water up to the window … I couldn't get out."
Munro says his car electronics cut out — his doors locked up and he couldn't get the windows down.
"I thought this was how I'm going to die … there were no other cars around.
"I tried kicking the drivers window out and I couldn't .. I just kept flicking the ignition on and off."
Munro finally managed to get the ignition on and escaped through the window with water up to his waist.
He says he never panicked but went into "survival mode".
He went home to "change clothes and have a cup of tea" and "got the shakes a bit knowing how serious it could have been".
A nearby farmer helped pull the car out with his tractor.