Flood warning for Auckland residents

09:44, Jan 23 2011
Flooding on Auckland's North-Western Motorway.
DAMP DRIVE: Flooding on Auckland's North-Western Motorway.
The scene from Hampton Downs in the Waikato where the bad weather has led to the NZ Festival of Motor Racing being abandoned for the day.
BLACK FLAG: The scene from Hampton Downs in the Waikato where the bad weather has led to the NZ Festival of Motor Racing being abandoned for the day.
Amy's Kitchen restaurant in Howick is still open but customers should wear gumboots.
STILL OPEN: Amy's Kitchen restaurant in Howick is still open but customers should wear gumboots.
Amy's Kitchen restaurant in Howick is still open but customers should wear gumboots.
STILL OPEN: Amy's Kitchen restaurant in Howick is still open but customers should wear gumboots.
Flooding on Auckland's North-Western Motorway.
DAMP DRIVE: Flooding on Auckland's North-Western Motorway.
Flooding at Buckland's Beach in Auckland.
BEACHED: Flooding at Buckland's Beach in Auckland.
A view along Auckland's Tamaki Drive.
STORMY: A view along Auckland's Tamaki Drive.
A view along Auckland's Tamaki Drive.
STORMY: A view along Auckland's Tamaki Drive.
A view along Auckland's Tamaki Drive.
STORMY: A view along Auckland's Tamaki Drive.
Auckland's Kohimarama Road is submerged as it nears Tamaki Drive.
TOO MUCH WATER: Auckland's Kohimarama Road is submerged as it nears Tamaki Drive.
A motorist drives through water along Kohimarama Road in Auckland.
TOO MUCH WATER: A motorist drives through water along Kohimarama Road in Auckland.
Cyclists struggle through floodwaters in Auckland.
WATER FUN: Cyclists struggle through floodwaters in Auckland.
Motorists crawl along a flood Tamaki Drive in Auckland.
SURFACE FLOODING: Motorists crawl along a flood Tamaki Drive in Auckland.
Waterfront homes at Herald Island on Auckland's North Shore have been hit by the floodwaters.
INUNDATED: Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
Waterfront homes at Herald Island on Auckland's North Shore have been hit by the floodwaters.
INUNDATED: Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
Waterfront homes at Herald Island on Auckland's North Shore have been hit by the floodwaters.
INUNDATED: Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
Waterfront homes at Herald Island on Auckland's North Shore have been hit by the floodwaters.
INUNDATED: Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
Waterfront homes at Herald Island on Auckland's North Shore have been hit by the floodwaters.
INUNDATED: Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
Waterfront homes at Herald Island on Auckland's North Shore have been hit by the floodwaters.
INUNDATED: Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
Waterfront homes at Herald Island on Auckland's North Shore have been hit by the floodwaters.
INUNDATED: Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
INUNDATED: Waterfront homes at Herald Island in West Auckland have been hit by the floodwaters.
Southbound lanes are flooded on Auckland's motorway on the North Shore.
SLOW GOING: Southbound lanes are flooded on Auckland's motorway on the North Shore.
Surface flooding in Portland Road in Remuera.
BOATS ONLY: Surface flooding in Portland Road in Remuera.
Surface flooding in Portland Road in Remuera.
WET WALK: Surface flooding in Portland Road in Remuera.
Little Shoal Bay in Birkenhead.
BIG POND: Little Shoal Bay in Birkenhead.
The end of Kawerau Road with the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the background.
BRIDGING: The end of Kawerau Road with the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the background.
The New Zealand Navy's Nuclear Biological and Chemical Damage Control School on the Ngataringa Bay reclamation.
SURROUNDED: The New Zealand Navy's Nuclear Biological and Chemical Damage Control School on the Ngataringa Bay reclamation.
Bay of Plenty flooding
WILD WEATHER: Matipo Place in Edgecumbe in the Bay of Plenty.
Flooded North western motorway
Heading into Auckland on Northwestern motorway this morning.
Grounded boat
GROUNDED: A boat has run aground at Okahu Bay.
Tamaki Drive
WET RIDE: A car has trouble on Tamaki Drive in Kohimarama, Auckland this morning
Milford Beach
BEACH DOOR: The ocean tries to make its way through the beach door of a house on Muritai Road on Milford Beach.
Mairangi Beach
CANCELLED: Gerard Russell took his daughter down for Surf lifesaving Club today but it was cancelled, ironically due to the surf.
River Road
TREACHEROUS: This road near Whitianga looked more like a river.
yacht
BEACHED AS: A yacht runs aground in Okahu Bay.
tide
CURNING WATER: High tide hits Long Bay on Auckland's North Shore.
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TIME TO PACK UP: A tent is overrun by floodwater in the Taupo Top Ten holiday park.
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SUMMER HOLIDAY: A tent is overrun by floodwater in the Taupo Top Ten holiday park.
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RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT: Flooding at Port Jackson in the Coromandel.
Janice Booth Taupo
READER PHOTO: Children making the most of the downpour in Taupo.
Janice Booth Taupo
READER PHOTO: Taupo underwater.
DAMAGE CONTROL: Glendowie Boat Club lost one of its eastern ramps during Sunday's high tide and strong NE winds. About 20 club members braved the conditions to demolish what remained of the ramp in order to protect the club as much as possible from further damage.
DAMAGE CONTROL: Glendowie Boat Club lost one of its eastern ramps during Sunday's high tide and strong NE winds. About 20 club members braved the conditions to demolish what remained of the ramp in order to protect the club as much as possible from further damage.
WAIAU RIVER: Its banks have been well and truly breached.
WAIAU RIVER: Its banks have been well and truly breached.
READER PHOTO: This picture taken Monday morning, 20km inland of Wairoa, south of Gisborne.
READER PHOTO: This picture taken Monday morning, 20km inland of Wairoa, south of Gisborne.
Andy Mackay
READER PHOTO: The Waiau River, 20km inland of Wairoa, south of Gisborne.
WET WALLS: Waves washing against apartments along Pt Chevalier Beach in Auckland.
WET WALLS: Waves washing against apartments along Pt Chevalier Beach in Auckland.
TAURANGA WET: This was the result of a combination flood & high tide.
TAURANGA WET: This was the result of a combination flood & high tide.
East & Bays flood pics
ANTICIPATION: A pair of girls watch the waves on Tamaki Drive in Auckland.
East & Bays flood pics
BIG SPLASH: A wave crashes over a pair of girls on Tamaki Drive in Auckland.
East & Bays flood pics
BIG SPLASH: A wave crashes over a pair of girls on Tamaki Drive in Auckland.
East & Bays flood pics
BIG SPLASH: A wave crashes over a pair of girls on Tamaki Drive in Auckland.
This boat mooring at the Milford Marina on the North Shore could not withstand the storm.
SUNKEN: This boat mooring at the Milford Marina on the North Shore became upended in the storm. The other boats are normally floating underneath the wooden walkways, not restrained on top of the submerged structures.
MURRAYS BAY BEACH: The beach in the small hours this morning after the storm had passed.
MURRAYS BAY: The beach in the small hours this morning after the storm had passed.
Maddie Cottie Tamaki Drive, Kohimarama
READER PHOTO: This picture was taken along Tamaki Drive in Kohimarama.
Westhaven Marina pic
OVER-FLOW: A photo sent in by a reader of Westhaven Marina on the evening of January 23.
Stratford flooding
PICTURE ONE OF THREE: On this farm 25km inland from Stratford, rain started Saturday night and remained heavy until Monday morning.
Stratford flooding
PICTURE TWO OF THREE: On this farm 25km inland from Stratford, rain started Saturday night and remained heavy until Monday morning. This picture taken Sunday.
Stratford flooding
PICTURE THREE OF THREE: On this farm 25km inland from Stratford, rain started Saturday night and remained heavy until Monday morning. This picture taken Monday.
Desert Road flooding
READER PHOTO: Surface flooding is visible on the Desert Road in this picture taken Sunday.

Residents of low-lying Auckland areas are being warned to have a getaway kit ready in case they need to move to higher ground tonight in the event of flooding.

Civil Defence controller for Auckland Clive Manley said high tide was expected at 11.21pm, and people should be prepared.

Getaway kits should contain essential items, family documents such as passports and drivers licenses and personal items such as medication and toiletries, Mr Manley said.

Flooding
WET WEATHER: Flooding at Amy's Kitchen cafe, Whitford Road, near Howick. The cafe remains open.

Areas worst-affected by flooding this morning were the lower central business district and eastern suburbs, Maraetai, Leigh, Herald Island and parts of State Highway 16, SH1 and Tamaki Drive.

"Areas that have already flooded are likely to suffer flooding again at high tide this evening," Mr Manley said.

"Although the rain has eased, the combination of a high tide and strong winds means the worst may be yet to come.

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HAVOC: A photo of Milford Beach taken a short time ago.

"People should stay off the roads and only travel this evening if it's absolutely necessary."

Heavy rain and strong winds caused havoc across the North Island today, with campers evacuated, trees down, roads closed and widespread flooding.

The Fire Service responded to more than 150 weather-related events in the northern region.

Fire Service northern shift manager Jaron Phillips said concern was held for Herald Island in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, when the high tide came in at midnight.

The MetService had heavy rain warnings in place for most of the North Island from Northland to Wanganui.

Gale force winds were also blasting parts of Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki, with a wind warning in force for Coromandel.

Waikato Civil Defence duty officer Greg Ryan said people needed to be aware potentially damaging winds could reach 120kmh on the Coromandel Peninsula.

"The concern is the wind will whip up the king tide expected around 11.30 tonight, increasing the likelihood of flooding in low-lying coastal areas," Mr Ryan said.

There was also a risk of rivers flooding in Coromandel, Hauraki Plains and Taupo over the next three days, he said.

About 300 people were evacuated from a Taupo campground this morning.

Rivers had reached warning levels in eastern Bay of Plenty and were steadily rising, Bay of Plenty Regional Council community relations manager Bronwyn Campbell said.

"We understand that there is some localised and surface flooding throughout the region, however this is been attended to by local council staff."

Tonight's high tide would be closely monitored as onshore winds and rain could restrict rivers flowing into the sea, Ms Campbell said.

Campers in the area had been asked to move to safe areas and farmers to move stock to high ground.

In Rotorua, there had been some minor wastewater overflows but sewer flows were under control and being closely monitored, Rotorua District Council utilities operations manager Eric Cawte said.

"There is the possibility of contamination of some of our waterways so as a safety and health precaution we are recommending people stay well away from swollen streams and rivers.

"We certainly urge people in the meantime not to swim or take fish from our waterways, or from areas where streams and rivers enter the lakes."

There had also been surface flooding and minor slips, Mr Cawte said.

Drivers are being warned to take care in the hazardous conditions with slips and surface flooding and high winds blasting the North Island.

Motorists should take extra caution on State Highway 2 between Napier and Wairoa, SH3 from Wanganui to Taranaki, SH4 from Wanganui to Raetihi and SH5 from Napier to Taupo due to minor slips and surface water on roads, Sergeant Andy Dow of police central communications said.

The Desert Road between Waiouru and Turangi was closed.

Further south, weather had forced the cancellation of the flying programme at Wings Over Wairarapa.

Senior Sergeant Marty Edgehill, of police central communications, said there had been slips, debris on the road and minor crashes in the central and lower North Island.

"It's quite noticeable that were having a fair bit of activity that can be put down to the weather," Mr Edgehill said. 

Do you have any photos of the flooding? Email them to stuffnewsroom@stuff.co.nz.

Watch YouTube footage of the flooding below:

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