Rain, wind lash New Zealand

09:03, Jun 10 2014
Bainlea House evacuation
EVACUATION: Residents at Bainlea House have had to be moved.
Bainlea House evacuation
DELUGE: Ambulances were used to evacuate Bainlea House residents.
Bainlea House evacuation
FLOODED: Deep water surrounds Bainlea House, Rangiora.
Stoney Creek, Ashley
FAST-MOVING: Stoney Creek, Ashley
Ebert Place, Rangiora
AWASH: Ebert Place, Rangiora
Lower Sefton Road under water
COMMUTER WOES: Cars splash through water on Lower Sefton Road.
Man wading through water
GUMBOOT WEATHER: Logan wades through deep water on Toppings Rd, near Sefton.
High St garden under flood
GARDEN UNDER FLOOD: High St, Rangiora property has up to 800mm of water. Owner Kay Galey suspects new West Rangiora subdivisions mean the drainage system can no longer cope.
Flooding in Rangiora
INUNDATED: Flooding appears to be widespread in Rangiora.
Cars battle flooded Rangiora roads.
DIFFICULT CONDITIONS: Cars battle flooded Rangiora roads.
Water laps at Rangiora house
ANXIOUS MOMENT: Water laps at a Rangiora home.
Mitre 10 in Rangiora
DIY DIFFICULTIES: Floodwaters surround Mitre 10 in Rangiora.
Logs float along floodwaters near Sefton
AFLOAT: Logs wash along floodwaters near Sefton.
Amy Crowe begins the task of drying the carpet
AFTERMATH: Amy Crowe begins the task of drying the carpet.
Emma Crowe, 5, and Makayla Crowe
KEEPING DRY: Emma Crowe, 5, and Makayla Crowe, keep their feet off the floor.
Derek and John Crowe
DELUGE STRIKES: John Crowe, right, with his father Derek Crowe, inspects the flooded garden.
Dawsons Rd flooding
SODDEN: Claire Turner's flooded-out barn at her Dawsons Rd, Manderville, home.
Island Rd flooding
TROUBLE GETTING TO YOUR DOOR: Water pools up around the pavement in Island Rd in Kaiapoi.
Belmont Ave flooding
HELPING HAND: Workers come to the aid of a driver pulled over on Belmont Ave, Rangiora.
Traffic jams on SH1
SLOW-MOVING: Traffic jams are forming for those heading north on SH1 due to flooding.
Foster Pl/King St flooding
CAGED IN: Temporary flood measures at the intersection of Foster Pl and King St, Rangiora.
Flooding in Waikuku Beach Rd
TURNING INTO A POND: Rainwater creeps over a residential garden in Waikuku Beach Rd.
Douglas St flooding
WELLIES NEEDED: Floodwater rushes ankle-deep in Douglas St, Rangiora, this morning.
Flooding north of Ashley Bridge
UP TO THE HEADLIGHTS: Flooding north of the Ashley Bridge.
Sheep stranded amidst floodwaters
STRANDED: Sheep try to keep above the flooded paddocks along Lineside Rd near Rangiora.
Cassidy Earnshaw and Clinton Boyd
HITCHING A LIFT: Cassidy Earnshaw and Clinton Boyd wade away from their home in Island Rd, Kaiapoi.
Flooding in Fernside
GONE FISHING: A young Fernside resident makes the most out of today's adverse weather.
Cows flooded near Kaiapoi
ON THE MOO-VE: Cows are forced onto a small strip of land thanks to encroaching floodwaters near Kaiapoi.
SH1 closed due to flooding
CLOSED: Flooding has closed SH1 between Waikuku and Amberley.
Courtenay Dr flooding
UNSEEN LEVELS: The road and footpath disappeared under water in Courtenay Dr, Kaiapoi, today.

Slips, road closures and dangerous driving conditions have occured throughout the country tonight as gales and heavy rain continues to disrupt travel.

Civil Defence is warning Northland residents to stay indoors tonight as gale-force winds are set to hit the area. 

Northland’s Rangiahua bridge on State Highway One at Horeke is closed due to flooding and minor treatment from medical staff was provided to a person stuck in the flood. Detours are in place.

Rain radar
SERIOUS SOAKING: The rain radar at just before 10am today.

Auckland Civil Defence controller Clive Manly says the rest of Auckland will be affected in the early hours of the morning. 

“The rain eased up a bit today but it will be coming back tonight and it’s going to be coming back heavy. We are expecting some slips, debris or powercuts because grounds won’t be as stable.” 

Manly urged Aucklanders to drive with caution, watch for debris and only go outside if necessary.

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In the Wairarapa tonight, slips have blocked State Highway 2 - the Rimutaka Hill Road - between Wellington and the region.

Contractors have been called out this evening to deal with a slip that is blocking the southbound lane about 1 kilometre from the Rimutaka Hill Road summit, on the Wairarapa side.

The slip is blocking part of State Highway 2, a central district police spokesman said.

Police urged drivers to lengthen following distances in the poor weather conditions.

Flooding on the roads of North Canterbury this morning had never been worse, police said. State Highway 1 remains closed between Amberley and Waikuku, with detours in place.

However, these force motorists through secondary roads which also having minor flooding on them. Diversions could see drivers forced to take a 120km detour through Oxford.

The New Zealand Transport Agency reported flooding across both lanes of SH1 about halfway between Blenheim and Kaikoura.

Tauranga City Council received eight calls about surface flooding and blocked drains. The area had received 16.6mm of rain between 8am and 2pm.


Up to 35mm of rain fell on Auckland between 6am and 2pm today, creating dangerous driving conditions on roads.

The weather also saw crashes and commuter rail problems in Wellington this morning, and traffic delays on all three Auckland motorways.

In Waikato, northeasterly winds blew a gazebo on to a roof and the Te Aroha Volunteer Fire Brigade found it wrapped around a sky dish this morning, the Fire Service said. In Thames, Coromandel, power lines were arcing.

Those winds are expected to continue to strengthen into gales this evening for northern parts of the country, MetService said.

There was a slip on Takaka Hill near Nelson after the area received more than 100mm in the past day. Gales of up to 120kmh were also forecast.

CANTERBURY

In addition to the North Canterbury flooding, sewage was bubbling up in areas.

Kaiapoi resident Grant Edmonds said streets in the south-western part of the town had flooded for the fourth time this year.

The flooding was only a few centimetres away from entering a shed on his Otaki St property and sewage had bubbled up in places on some nearby streets.

In Rangiora a rest home was evacuated after being flooded by heavy rain and firefighters had to rescue a driver in North Canterbury this morning after he ignored road closure signs on SH1.

Fire Service southern communications shift manager Brent Dunn said the male driver was rescued about 10.40am.

"He was fine, it was just that he'd got his car stuck," Dunn said.

The Fire Service had received about 20 calls for help with flooded properties this morning, mostly in Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Woodend.

The flood-ravaged Flockton Basin appeared to have been spared any widespread flooding, but four schools in the region were also closed today. They were: Clarkville Primary School, Ashley School, Sefton School and Rangiora High School.

MORE RAIN AND WIND TO COME

Severe weather warnings remain in place for heavy rain over northern and eastern parts of both islands for the next few days and gales would lash northern New Zealand tonight, MetService said.

"What makes the situation unique is it's very, very slow-moving, rather than short-term intensity," severe weather forecaster Leigh Matheson said. "It's prolonged rain that's going to gradually create trouble."

There should be some respite for Canterbury tonight and into tomorrow, with much less rain predicted to fall than today, MetService said.

The low was forecast to bring northeasterly gales to Northland, Auckland and Coromandel tonight and more rain.

"They're likely to see as much if not more rain than what they've already had," Matheson said.

Lines company Vector said strong winds in Auckland could bring down trees onto lines tonight, possibly causing outages.

Areas such as Whangapararoa, Warkworth, Orewa and Waiheke were most likely to have issues.

The wild weather was expected to continue throughout the week for large parts of the country, she said.

"Areas that are already wet are in for a good 24 to 30 hours of more rain.

"The rain band continues around western Bay of Plenty into Wednesday and pushes into eastern parts of the North Island where that will bring some prolonged rain there for later in the week, before it all clears away Friday and Saturday."

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