Battered by rain

17:00, Aug 31 2010
SLIDING AWAY: Land fell away from a property on Lannan Rd leaving the house in a precarious position.

DOWNPOURThe Met Service does not have a rain gauge on Waiheke Island but a home weather station on Cory Rd recorded 71mm over 12 hours from Wednesday evening. This follows an already wet winter. NIWA senior climate scientist Georgina Griffiths says the Awaroa Valley weatherstation on Waiheke recorded a total of 411.7mm total winter rainfall in 2009 and this increased to 502.9mm in 2010. The 10-year average rainfall total for winter is 409mm. NIWA is predicting a warm wet spring. --------------------

WORK cleaning up slips and stabilising property is still under way after a heavy battering of rain.

A steady downpour led to a major landslip outside a property on Lannan Rd in Surfdale last Wednesday.

About 30 metres of land also slipped to the edge of a property overlooking the Waikare Reserve on Oneroa Beach.

Three roads were closed on Thursday and a further 26 were affected by slips and partially blocked.

On the Matietie Historical Reserve soil fell from the cliff face making it impassable and a pedestrian bridge at the Matapana Reserve collapsed.


Councils, property owners and the earthquake commission have spent this week cleaning up the damage.

Ron Leonard, contract manager for transport for the Auckland City Council in the Hauraki Gulf Islands and chief fire officer at the Waiheke Volunteer Fire Brigade, says Tiri View Rd in Palm Beach, Lannan Rd in Surfdale and Hekerua Rd in Oneroa were all closed after the rain on Wednesday night.

"From about 11pm it was very steady rain and we've had a number of houses with water entering them," Mr Leonard says.

"This is one of the worst we've had for many, many years. We've always had slips but nothing on this scale," he says.

Mr Leonard says Waiheke Island's four fire engines were all out on Wednesday night responding to calls for help.

"What I attribute it to really is we've had such a dry summer the ground was cracking and now with all the rain the ground is sodden," he says.

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