'Getting prepared for round two' of rain on Waiheke Island

A slip below a road in Onetangi after flooding on Waiheke.
Agustin de la Parra

A slip below a road in Onetangi after flooding on Waiheke.

Wild weather has battered Waiheke causing slips, evacuations and road closures but residents are worried the worst is yet to come. 

Waiheke chief fire officer Bruce Sciascia said the island's 20 volunteers were "getting ready for round two".

"We have spent today making sure we have enough food and water to fuel the troops. 

Fire crews are bracing for more rain on Waiheke Island.
Agustin de la Parra

Fire crews are bracing for more rain on Waiheke Island.

"Everyone was extremely tired after receiving 25 call outs from 9.45pm Tuesday through to 9.30am Wednesday," Sciascia said.

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The call outs were mainly for flooding and downed power lines.

A slip on Trig Hill Road, Onetangi.
Agustin de la Parra

A slip on Trig Hill Road, Onetangi.

Sciascia said the volunteers also evacuated eight residents from homes in Surfdale.

The MetService website said 185mm of rain fell in a 24-hour period in Waiheke.

On the Waiheke Community Warning System Facebook Page residents have reported power outages in Blackpool, Palm Beach, Onetangi and Oneroa. 

Residents also reported flooding in Onetangi Straight, Blackpool, Waiheke Rd, Wilma Rd, Te Toki Rd and Man O War Bay Rd.

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Slips have reportedly taken place on Wharf Rd, Oceanview Rd, Burrell Rd, Junction Rd, Calais Tce and Orapui Rd.

Page administrator Lyndal Jefferies has lived on Waiheke for 16 years and said she had never experienced so much rain. 

The bottom floor of her house is underwater so her family has taken refuge in the top floor of their home.

Jefferies is leaving the island today and said she is "extremely concerned about the forecasted weather".

According to MetService, gale winds with southeast 40 knots gusting 50 knots, and easterly 25 knots gusting 35 knots, are forecast for Thursday afternoon/ evening. 

Rain and a chance of thunderstorms are forecast Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

MetService estimates rainfall will be between 10mm to 25mm per hour with the possibility of flash flooding. 

​Waiheke Primary School is closed but Te Huruhi Primary and Waiheke High School are open.

Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye said the school had water about calf height flowing through it "and as a result carpets and wall boards have been damaged".

"I'm informed that a team, including a builder and an electrician, was at the school swiftly to assess the damage and begin the clean-up. 

"I understand the school may be open again on Friday," Kaye said. 

The Waiheke Steiner School lost a container filled with $20,000 of brand new designer clothing.

This clothing was donated 10 days ago to help with the school's fundraising. 

"Apparently the container has been flooded with two feet of water," Waiheke Steiner School spokesperson Bronwyn Harvey said. 

 - Stuff

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