Tornado repair bill $13m and rising

00:45, Dec 10 2012
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The scene at the Hobsonville Point Secondary School construction site where three men where killed.
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A police checkpoint at the Hobsonville cordon.
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A security guard at the cordon of a Hobsonville construction site.
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The early morning clean-up in Hobsonville.
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The early morning clean-up in Hobsonville.
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The Hobsonville construction site which bore the brunt of the tornado.
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Rescue crews recover the bodies of three men the day after they were killed in a tornado.
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Debbie Booty hid in a wardrobe at her house in Wallingford Way, Hobsonville, when the tornado hit.
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Desiree Morgan, left, with daughters Izzy and Grace, and Huia Midgely receive milk supplies from across the cordon.
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John Key arrives in Hobsonville to survey the damage caused by the tornado.
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The wrecked frame of a truck that was crushed by a concrete slab during the Hobsonville tornado.
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Phil Goff, David Cunliffe and David Shearer survey the damage in Hobsonville.
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Red Cross workers Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
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Emergency service personnel talk to residents hit by the tornado.
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Red Cross workers prepare to meet residents affected by the tornado.
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A resident in Carnegie Cres, Hobsonville, fixes a window smashed in the tornado.
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Investigators survey the construction site where three men died in the tornado.

The repair bill for tornado-hit West Auckland has jumped to $13 million and is expected to rise further. 

In Whenuapai, 18 houses will be demolished and four in Hobsonville. 

A total of 339 homes were damaged by Thursday afternoon's tornado, Auckland Civil Defence controller Clive Manley said.

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A motorist captured this picture on Auckland's North Shore as grey clouds hit the city.
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Heavy rain causes flash flooding just after midday in Auckland.
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Guttering fails to cope with the heavy rain in Auckland.
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The view from a city centre office, taken by a Twitter user.
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Flooding begins in Glen Eden.
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Dark clouds gather over Takapuna.
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The storm rages in Hobsonville.
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The aftermath of the tornado in Hobsonville.
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Sharon White with her three year old son, and their overturned trampoline.
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Emergency services arrive in Hobsonville.
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Heavy rain at the Dotcom mansion.
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Storm damage in Hobsonville.
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Storm damage in Hobsonville.
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Storm damage obstructs a road.
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Storm damage in Hobsonville.
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Storm damage in Hobsonville.
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Damage to housing in Hobsonville.
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Inner Auckland is hit with rain.
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Auckland city around noon today, from www.sitecam.co.nz/auckland_webcam/.
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Emergency services work to free people trapped by a concrete slab on a building site in Hobsonville.
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Destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
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Emergency services work amongst destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
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Emergency services work amongst destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
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Destruction on Wallingford Way in Hobsonville.
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Destruction in Hobsonville.
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A trampoline flung into a house in Hobsonville.
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An emergency worker in Hobsonville.
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The remains of a double car garage in Whenuapai.
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Damage in Hobsonville.
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Road flooding in Auckland.
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Fire rescue crew work to free people trapped by a concrete slab on a building site near Walingford Way in Hobsonville.
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A fire rescue crew at a building site near Walingford Way in Hobsonville.

At least 32 people remain displaced and stayed in motels last night. A similar number are expected to be put up again tonight.

"That number is expected to decrease as people's homes get sorted out," Manley said.
"Huge progress has been made since Friday and we've had a good response from people affected. But some houses will take a really long time to repair."

Some homeowners based overseas had just returned to sort out the damage, he said.

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Power was returned to the worst affected street, Clark Rd, on Saturday but 30 properties will remain disconnected until they are made safe.
Many people had returned to their homes anyway to begin repairs.

The worst-hit houses belonged to the Defence Force and were boarded up ready for demolition.
A "fair number" of commercial properties were also working to repair damage, Manley said.

Cordons around the worst-hit areas were lifted on Saturday to allow people back into their homes, but it also encouraged onlookers.

A temporary cordon was put back up and security stepped up after a man posing as a contractor was found to be looting.

Another complaint was made but not confirmed, Manley said. "One is still too many."
The cost of the clean-up - which increased after early estimates of $11m - will be covered by various organisations and insurance including local and central government.

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