Tighter tornado cordon after burglar visit

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

Cordons around west Auckland's tornado damaged streets have been tightened following local resident fears that looters might be having a go.

The Hobsonville Point area was hit by a tornado on Thursday, killing three men working on a construction site.

Around $11 million worth of damage was inflicted on houses in the Hobsonville-Whenuapai area.

Civil defence controller Clive Manley said that the cordons had been relaxed on Friday night to allow contractors and residents into the area to begin cleaning up.

During the time there was one confirmed case of burglary occurring.

"We had a confirmed case and anecdotally we have heard from residents that they may have been another case as well," he said.

"You would have hoped in a case like this that people would have acted in a principled way, but there are always the odd rat-bag who take advantage of a situation."

The area was also hit by sightseers yesterday, getting in the way of a clean up.

Manley said as a result police at the cordons would be taking a closer interest in people going into the area. In the case of purported contractors, they will need to prove their identities.

Meanwhile he said that there were now 22 houses that were likely to be written off as beyond repair by insurance companies.

Last night Civil Defence helped with accommodation for 29 people without a place to stay.

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

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