Weather topples trees and powerlines

MICHAEL FOX
Last updated 08:19 09/05/2012

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Foul weather overnight has felled trees and power lines and caused flooding in Auckland.

Morning commuters heading into the city faced delays after trees were toppled across the Te Irirangi Rd on-ramp and the Takanini off-ramp, both northbound, blocking lanes.

And parts of the city were subjected to heavy deluges last night, with Auckland Transport this morning warning motorists about flooding in the east Auckland suburbs of Half Moon Bay, Pakuranga, Botany and Bucklands Beach.

A spokesperson said particular care should be taken at the Cascades Rd/Pakuranga Rd intersection, the corner of Wells Rd and Cooley Rd and on Kurnell Drive in Botany.

The MetService said Albany received the most rain in Auckland overnight, soaking up 54mm between 5pm and 5am, while Whangaparaoa received 41mm.

MetService forecaster Geoff Sanders said 34mm fell at the airport and 29mm in Pukekohe.

He said it was a considerable amount of rain but the worst was over.

A few showers would remain today, with increasing fine spells as the day progressed.

Fire communications spokesman Jaron Phillips said fire crews had been to several callouts overnight, including power lines down over a Whenuapai driveway and flooding at a house on Orakei Rd, Remuera.

Two houses in Hapua St, Remuera, and in Colwill Rd, Massey, were also affected by falling trees.

In a separate incident, fire crews were called to a burning truck carrying a load of cardboard around 4am.

Phillips said the truck's brakes had overheated at the top of the Bombay Hills but the incident was resolved by the time they arrived.

Has bad weather affected your neighbourhood? Email news@aucklandnow.co.nz or comment below. 

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