Clean-up continues for flood-hit Auckland as massive sink hole appears video

JASON DORDAY/Stuff.co.nz

An aerial drone angle of the scene of the flooding that hit Great North Road and Clark Street on Saturday and the sink hole that the flooding produced.

Floodwaters are receding and roads are clearing, but the real impact is just beginning for some Aucklanders after a weekend of torrential rain and damaging flash floods.

A huge sinkhole has opened near a major intersection in New Lynn in the city's west, leaving neighbouring buildings teetering near the edge.

Severe flooding struck Auckland's west on Sunday - turning streets into rivers, trapping shoppers and forcing people to evacuate their houses as heavy rain poured down.

Flooding in New Lynn caused extensive damage to homes, infrastructure and businesses.
JASON DORDAY/FAIRFAX NZ

Flooding in New Lynn caused extensive damage to homes, infrastructure and businesses.

The most dramatic illustration of the floods' damage was a large sinkhole in New Lynn, where part of the footpath crumbled away and left a sheer drop underground.

READ MORE: 
* Auckland 'ignored flood warnings'
More than 300 Auckland homes flooded as Tasman Tempest rages
* Northland clean-up begins
West Auckland locals stunned as storm floods street in 15 minutes
Heavy rain causes surface flooding across Wellington region

The huge hole, spanning a gap as wide as a street, is between the Bike Barn and Club Fia Fia, which is currently for lease. 

Auckland’s rainfall
March average
March 2016
Mar 10-12 2016
Mar 10-12 2017

The neighbouring building is teetering close to the sharp drop, and its foundations and once-buried pipe system have been totally exposed. 

Caution tape and barricades have been set up around the sinkhole, while the footpath nearest the hole has been closed.

New Lynn was one of the areas worst affected by Sunday's flash floods.

An aerial view of the the sink hole that has opened up in central New Lynn.
JASON DORDAY/FAIRFAX NZ

An aerial view of the the sink hole that has opened up in central New Lynn.

One resident, River Reid, has no insurance and does not know how much the damage from Sunday's flood will cost him.

Ad Feedback

"The drainways got flooded really quickly and the sections flooded up", he resident said.

Everything he had under the house was "ruined".

River Reid has no insurance and is waiting discover how much the flood damage will cost him.
MAHVASH ALI/FAIRFAX NZ

River Reid has no insurance and is waiting discover how much the flood damage will cost him.

His friend's dad had made a precious carving which was damaged, along with clothing, mattresses and a fridge - which was left floating in the floodwaters. 

Meanwhile, Yunis Mohammad inspected his three-bedroom home on Parker Ave in New Lynn with his mouth covered - the smell of mould and sewerage is too much for him, he said.

His young family is overseas but he is upset his contents, including his children's toys, were damaged.

River Reid's father made a precious old wood carving and was also damaged by the floods.
MAHVASH ALI/FAIRFAX NZ

River Reid's father made a precious old wood carving and was also damaged by the floods.

He slept at a friend's house last night and may have to stay away from his home again tonight.

The car belonging to another New Lynn resident, Warren Crowe is a write off - and his three-bedroom house is uninhabitable.

He slept at his neighbour's home last night and things aren't looking up today.

Warren Crowe lost his car to the floods and his hoping his insurance company will help.
MAHVASH ALI/FAIRFAX NZ

Warren Crowe lost his car to the floods and his hoping his insurance company will help.

He does not know when the insurance assessors will come but he knows that there is a lot of damage to his home and contents.

Crowe said there is possibly sewerage around, but he does not know for sure.

The water came up about 12 inches inside his property.

West Auckland Updates/FACEBOOK

Quick thinking and "a bit of Kiwi ingenuity" has saved Glen Eden Intermediate from serious flooding.

Northland is also counting the cost of severe flash floods after the region's rain gauges recorded between 100 to 200mm between March 9 and 12.

ESCAPING THE DELUGE

As the Auckland deluge hit, one man had only seconds to rush upstairs with his son to escape water flooding into his flat.

After the flood: the scene in New Lynn on Monday morning.
JASON DORDAY/FAIRFAX NZ

After the flood: the scene in New Lynn on Monday morning.

Flooding struck swaths of locations to the city's west on Sunday: turning streets into rivers, trapping shoppers and forcing people to evacuate their houses as heavy rain poured down.

At least a dozen people were evacuated from a block of flats on Great North Road in Kelston as floodwaters swept through 321 Auckland homes during the day.

One of the evacuees, Dany Madawalaliyanage, told RNZ the floodwater quickly gushed into his flat.

Deep flooding left parts of the Auckland suburb of New Lynn underwater.
LAWRENCE SMITH

Deep flooding left parts of the Auckland suburb of New Lynn underwater.

"I realised it was too late to save my car and all [my] stuff," he said, adding that he rushed upstairs with his young son to escape the water.

The water kept rising until it was about a metre deep, and Madawalaliyanage was only able to save his passport and jewellery.

"Most of the stuff's gone," he said.

Emergency services were called to flooded homes and businesses in New Lynn.
LAWRENCE SMITH

Emergency services were called to flooded homes and businesses in New Lynn.

Other tenants' cars were left submerged as the floodwaters rushed through their street.

Eighteen evacuated people spent the night in emergency accommodation, while residents of other areas were also offered accommodation, food and transport, Auckland Council said.

New Lynn MP David Cunliffe was critical of the council, telling RNZ it had failed to keep the stormwater drains clear of rubbish and overgrowth.

The evacuated building's residents included new migrants, and most occupants were uninsured, he said.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff acknowledged the need to learn lessons from the weekend's wild weather.

"With climate change we're going to have more extreme weather conditions as time goes on," he said, speaking on Newshub's The AM Show.

"We can't afford for this kind of thing to happen again."

Goff said the council needed to urgently look at what could be done to improve the city's infrastructure for future events.

He said he believed deforestation was partly to blame for the level of silt in the water supply, and suggested native forest should be replanted in the catchment area.

FLOODWATERS RECEDE

Floodwaters largely subsided in Auckland on Sunday evening as the stormwater network cleared. 

While the flooding is mostly over, west Auckland residents can expect more traffic delays on Monday morning.

Auckland Transport tweeted that motorists should expect "significant delays" on Great North Rd near the intersection with Titirangi Rd, with the road reduced to one lane in each direction.

At the intersection of  Great North Road and Clark St on Monday morning, the flooding had receded leaving muddy, slippery pathways and cordoned off shops.

The city was in for fine spells and a high of 23C on Monday, although there would be some morning showers, MetService said.

The rest of the week was forecast to be overcast, before a sunny day on Friday.

MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said most of the rain was now in the South Island.

"There are still a few showers for parts of the North Island, so it's not exclusively South Island. But compared to the previous few days what's happening in the North Island is pretty insignificant really,  just a few showers specially in western areas of the North Island," Glassey said.

"There's still pretty persistent rain in the east of the South Island - Canterbury and Otago - just sort of steady rain but we're not forecasting anything heavy. It doesn't have the same potential to be torrential like it was in parts of the North Island."

About 30 households were without power in Glen Eden overnight, before electricity was restored early on Monday morning.

Vector said 16 households were still without power in Kawakawa Bay, with slip damage preventing crews form making repairs.

The Ministry of Education said some schools and early childhood centres may be closed on Monday due to the flooding, and advised parents to check websites and social media for updates.

AUCKLAND'S CLEAN-UP CONTINUES

Storefronts were dark and bordered up in New Lynn following Sunday's deluge.

The normally bustling suburb was quiet on Monday morning, save for the Watercare and Council workers dredging through the muck.

Heavy rain turned Great North Road to a heaving swell on Sunday - streets resembled rivers, shoppers became trapped and people were forced to evacuate their homes. 

Floodwaters swept through 321 Auckland homes during the day, around 200 of these were in New Lynn. 

On Clarke Street, the footpath was closed and traffic management remained at the scene. 

Across the street, piles of newspapers were strewn across the floor in Chakri Snacks, soaking up water that spilled in. Next door, a man swept water out onto the footpath. 

Auckland Council still has concerns about some flooded spots in New Lynn, including a commercial building where a water main was believed to have burst.

Bunnings Warehouse - which was evacuated due to flooding - had been cleared by engineers to reopen on Monday.

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Bottlenecks to avoid - if you can

An all too familiar sight for Aucklanders hoping to get away from it all.

There are 21 misery-inducing traffic pinch-points to watch out for this Labour Weekend.

Shopper nets $1m Lotto prize

Powerball wasn't struck, pushing the jackpot out to $16 million.

Auckland supermarket-goer wins $1 million as Powerball rolls over to $16m.

Start not confirmed

Murray Baker is adamant there is nothing wrong with Bonneval ahead of Saturday's Caulfield Cup.

Leading Kiwi chance in Caulfield Cup faces big test before she even gets to the barriers.

Smoking ban 'unfair targeting'

Places with outdoor footpath dining such as Ponsonby's SPQR restaurant would have to make sure their outdoor dining area ...

Around 800 Auckland restaurants with public al fresco areas expect to see a drop in business.

Wellington

Welcome to Dannevirke ... or is it?

What's that bit: Random slices of your region

(Weekend) Today's piece of the photo puzzle is of artistic and archaic ...

Featherston isn't the only town without an official name. Turns out most of NZ is incognito.

Uni hall a 'feral zoo'

Images of alleged drunken destruction at the Victoria University Te Puni Village over the weekend have emerged.

Alleged drinking binge sees vomit and rubbish strewn across Wellington student hall.

Alcohol 'safe zone' in party central

The alcohol "safe zone" would have water, charging stations, bean bags and friendly assistance for Wellington party-goers.

Wellington party-goers who've had too much to drink will soon have a new refuge.

Snapped: 103kmh in a 50kmh zone

Porirua's busiest speed camera, on Whitford Brown Ave, caught a vehicle travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit.

Porirua's busiest speed camera catches one driver with a particularity heavy foot.

Canterbury

McCaw flies for kākāriki

Richie McCaw is backing conservation efforts for orange-fronted parakeet, also known as the kākāriki.

The former All Black captain was behind the controls of a freshly-painted helicopter used to raise awareness for a critically-threatened bird.

'Auntie Dai' paid out

Dai Bing was working as the manager of the Auntie Dai's Dumplings restaurant in the Christchurch Bus Interchange ...

Company ordered to repay woman whose name adorns a dumpling restaurant chain.

Man critically injured in fall

The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, where an independent contractor fell on Tuesday, sustaining critical injuries.

Man fighting for his life after falling while carrying out work at Nelson's Suter Art Gallery.

Bottlenecks to avoid - if you can

An all too familiar sight for Aucklanders hoping to get away from it all.

There are 21 traffic pinch-points to watch out for around NZ this Labour Weekend.

Waikato

Virtual cave tour

Ruakuri Cave will be the first cave system in New Zealand to be brought onto Google Maps.

Google goes underground, allowing you to explore one of NZs hidden gems from home.

CBD is hot property

Hamilton CBD, seen from teh east side of the Waikato River, is experiencing increased occupancy amid a stroing of new ...

Waiting for a tenant doesn't work any more, Hamilton commercial real estate leader says.

Toilet training in paradise

Raglan hopes to stop any unnecessary wastewater overflows by reminding people of what should and shouldn't go into the ...

Holiday destination plagued by sewage spills takes toilet etiquette to the street.

Casino robbery lead

A Hamilton casino punter was followed home and robbed by an armed attacker.

A Hamilton casino punter was followed home and robbed at knifepoint.

Taranaki

Ute dragged out of sea video

Dave Chadfield, of Chaddy's Charters, points to where a ute is submerged in the marina at Port Taranaki after two men ...

"I heard screaming, yelling and swearing and saw two guys walk ashore."

Womad NZ line-up unveiled

Tinariwen Elwan will play Womad NZ 2018

Almost 30 acts from across the globe have been revealed for next year's three-day music festival.

'The colony's dullest hole'

Len Lye Centre facade and White Hart hotel

Slagging off provincial small town New Zealand is fraught with danger.

Jury out in sex case

A jury of eight men and four women have begun deliberations at a sex trial in  the New Plymouth District Court. (File Photo)

A jury is considering verdicts in a case involving sex allegations which date back 10 years.

Manawatu

Full firefighting kit for 170km

Palmerston North firefighters are walking to Wellington in full kit to support efforts to tackle motor neuron disease.  ...

Palmerston North firefighters will walk to Wellington to raise money to combat motor neuron disease.

Late nights threatened

The Awapuni Function Centre is one of several licensed premises wanting changes to Palmerston North's draft local ...

City council's alcohol policy could force function centre to close early and put some bookings at risk.

Tararua woman still missing

Elizabeth Udy, 45, is missing and police have concerns for her safety.

Tararua woman Elizabeth Udy, 45, is still missing after one week.

A rural shemozzle

Libby Masefield having fun with bulls' balls in her mouth.

What started as a yarn at the pub has become a rural event attracting 5000 visitors a year. 

Nelson

Milk dance creative, entertaining

The Creamery was part of the Nelson Art's Festival.

The Nelson Musical Theatre was transformed into a cheese factory for The Creamery - an interpretive show about the world of cheese.

Final drop begins

A small number of protesters show their disdain for the third poison drop at the Brook Sanctuary.

Final poison drop starts as part of the Brook Sanctuary operation.

Man critical after Suter Gallery fall

The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, where an independent contractor fell on Tuesday, sustaining critical injuries.

A man is fighting for his life after falling while carrying out work at the Suter Art Gallery.

GP practice accredited

Collingwood Health is now Foundation Standard certified.

After failing to meet accreditation standards in the given timeframe, Collingwood Health has now achieved them

Marlborough

A rose for Red Cross

There are 2500 roses ready to sell at the fundraiser on Thursday.

Preparations are underway for Red Rose Day tomorrow.

Bridging the gap

Sounds Air chief executive Andrew Crawford says if the research stacks up 19-seater Beechcrafts could be flying between ...

Sounds Air could be flying 19-seaters between Christchurch and Blenheim by early next year.

Corporate rowing crews battle it out

30082017 News Photo: TOM LEE/STUFF - Sport - Rowing NZ team media day at Lake Karapiro. Mens eight

Corporate 8 crews optimistic at Wairau Rowing Club's annual challenge.

'Skylarking' caused fatal crash

Lara Glover, 16, died and four others were injured in the car crash on February 19.

Teen driver caused fatal crash by swerving his parents' SUV from side to side while doing close to 100kmh.

South Canterbury

Jet boat marathon hits Waitaki video

18102017 News JOHN BISSET/STUFF.  World jet boat marathon on Waitaki River contact Paul Mullan 027284 9194. Pictured are ...

The sound of jet boat engines echoed along the  'difficult' Waitaki River yesterday.

No word on SH1 call

Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin

Pareora residents renew calls for lower speed limit after three-car crash in September.

Teacher censured over kayak trip

Physical education teacher Stuart Albrey has taught at Waimate High School since 1986.

A Waimate High School teacher has been censured for serious misconduct

Call to check wells

Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey told RNZ Tuesday there had been anecdotal accounts from ...

Households urged to monitor their private water supplies regularly - particularly those with pregnant mothers, or young babies.

Otago

A man without Viices

McComb said he would love to perform at Homegrown or the Reading Festival in the UK at some point.

Viices, aka Jake McComb, "only really made enough to pay for parking" the first time he busked.

Qtown businesses losses continue

Businesses are making insurance claims for interruptions caused by a burst water main.

Businesses are making insurance claims for ongoing interruptions caused by a burst water main in central Queenstown.

Ministry backs down on buses

A Queenstown school bus.

Students living in Sunshine Bay, Frankton, Jack's Point and Kelvin Heights will have to find their own way to school.

Cromwell basin business booms

At least 35 businesses supported the 11ha extension of Akarua's Pisa Development Vineyard near Cromwell.

Akarua Vineyard organises impromptu fair to celebrate viticulture investment.

Southland

The Lim hymn: Let's Eat

Celebrity chef Nadia Lim shares her latest book, Let's Eat, with Julie Allan, Sarah Johnson and Gabrielle Berger Sidwell ...

Despite releasing seven cookbooks in seven years, inspiration is never far away for celebrity chef Nadia Lim.

Bravery awards given

Nightcaps men Conrad Waihape, left, and Phil Manson were presented with Bravery awards at a Southland District Council ...

"It was pretty dark and bloody hard to see..."

Let's talk, Southland: Kirwan

Sir John Kirwan visited Northern Southland College, Lumsden, on Tuesday afternoon.

Mental health speeches "powerful, timely, relevant".

Aparima College to get new principal, board of trustees

Aparima College commissioner Nicola Hornsey.

Embattled Aparima College in Riverton is set to have elections to form a board of trustees after its new principal is recruited.

Ad Feedback