Flash floods, landslides and power cuts strike Waiheke Island, causing widespread damage

The former Timberworld on Tahi Rd was left underwater after a night of torrential rain brought down a month's worth of ...
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The former Timberworld on Tahi Rd was left underwater after a night of torrential rain brought down a month's worth of rainfall.

Waiheke Island has woken to flooding, landslides, power cuts and fallen trees after receiving a month's worth of rain overnight.

The former Timberworld timber yard site on Tahi St is flooded with containers and machinery partially submerged.

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Onetangi Straight on Waiheke Island has surface flooding as torrential rain caused widespread disruption.
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Onetangi Straight on Waiheke Island has surface flooding as torrential rain caused widespread disruption.

A fire service spokeswoman said it received more than 20 calls overnight, mainly regarding flooding and fallen trees.

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She said there were also power cuts on the island and live power lines sparking near Palm Beach.

A landslide on Callais Terrace has blocked the road.
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A landslide on Callais Terrace has blocked the road.

The fire service and contractors have been out since midnight on the island clearing culverts, small slips and working to clear landslides and keep traffic moving on the island.

A spokesman for AT said there was still a significant amount of surface water and metal overflow form driveways over many of the roads and people should drive with extreme care. 

Ostend Placemakers worker Christine Harris said there was a lot of water on the roads.

Erua Rd is one of many roads flooded on Waiheke Island.
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Erua Rd is one of many roads flooded on Waiheke Island.

"Driving to work there were landslides and it was pretty muddy in some places," she said.

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Another resident said there were two slips on Oceanview Rd with traffic moving slowly and trucks working to clear it.

Waiheke Primary School is closed due to flooding until Friday morning at the earliest.

Principal Kathy Moy-Low said the decision to close the school was made at 8am due to multiple areas of the school being flooded. 

"The admin area and offices have had water flowing through around ankle deep and the hall and music rooms and library are also affected by the water," Moy-Low said. 

"We're a bit of a mess but it could have been worse and happened during the day with kids at school."

Moy-Low said the school board would meet with the Ministry of Education to address further action at 1pm today. 

Blackpool resident Lyndal Jefferies woke up at 4am to water gushing into her downstairs apartment and garage. 

"There was water backed up and I had a river which was over the top of my gumboots, around half a metre deep and it was eight metres wide flowing through the apartment," she said. 

Jefferies said all of her fire wood and snorkelling gear were among things washed away.

"My flatmate's stuff is completely soaked, and not just wet, it's covered in a good inch of mud.

"My major concern at this point is that I've heard that the worse is yet to come with a high tide due at 4pm and if we have torrential rain it could happen again," she said. 

Jefferies, who has lived on the island for more than 15 years, said she'd never experienced anything like the rain over the past 24 hours with people reporting 240mm of rainfall on the Waiheke Community Warning Facebook page.

 

Power cuts have been reported at Te Toki Rd, Trig Hill Rd and Belle Terrace.

Slips have occurred on the following roads:

  • Calais - slip and tree down, work in progress
  • Browns – impassable – due to be cleared Wednesday afternoon
  • Seventh – one narrow lane – passable
  • Esplanade – passable
  • Kiwi – passable
  • Tawa – major under-slip/dropout road closed - residents only
  • Waiheke Rd - major under-slip/dropout
  • Orapiu Rd – double lane slip being worked on
  • Man O War – tree down double lane slip
  • Trig Hill - major under-slip/dropout –work in progress - road closed - residents only
  • Upland Rd – impassable but being worked on
  • Erua – debris covering a large portion of the road being worked on

AT said many other roads on the island were flooded or had trees down but were still open. 

 

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