Tornado families move back home

01:18, Dec 21 2012
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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.

Just in time for Christmas, 50 homes damaged by the Auckland tornado earlier this month have been repaired and the families have moved back in.

Another 79 homes are expected to be fixed by the end of January.

The December 6 storm that claimed three lives and caused an estimated $13 million worth of damage, affected 384 properties in West Auckland - 89 suffered major damage. 

Immediately after the disaster 123 people required emergency accommodation. 

One family still remains in the care of Civil Defence, but those still unable to return home have made arrangements with friends and family.

"Communities banded together to help affected families. It was great to see the Christmas spirit truly alive," said Auckland Civil Defence Controller Clive Manley.

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"It was great to see the strong relationships between all the groups involved, who worked together to coordinate our response and recovery."

The reconnection of electricity had been a major issue for the recovery.

Tom Stowers, 42, Keith Langford, 60, and Brendon Johnson, 22, were killed when the tornado hit the neighbouring Hobsonville Point School construction site where they were working.

Twenty two homes were deemed uninhabitable in Hobsonville and Whenuapai following the tornado.

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