New Zealand – Roads Closed, Campers Evacuated After Floods in Auckland and Coromandel

A storm and heavy rain overnight from 07 to 08 March caused flooding and power cuts across Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand on 08 March 2017.

Golden Valley in Coromandel recorded over 250 mm of rain in 24 hours. The Wairoa River near Clevedon rose by around 5 metres in just a few hours.

Several roads were closed due to flooding, slips and fallen trees, specifically in the Kawakawa Bay and Clevedon areas and also Waiheke Island.

Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management issued a warning to drivers:

“If you’re commuting from south east Auckland today please consider delaying trip or drive with extreme care. Never drive through flood waters.”

Near Auckland a police car washed swept off the road into a swollen creek, stranding an officer on top of the vehicle.

Campers Evacuated

Due to the flooding, five Auckland regional parks have been closed and park campers have been relocated to higher ground. A total of around 400 people have been evacuated from camp sites in the Hunua Ranges and Tapapakanga Regional Park.

Flooding in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. Picture / Auckland Council

Rainfall

New Zealand Metservice said that rainfall rates of 60 mm per hour were recorded in some areas.

The severe thunderstorm watch has since been lifted. However, Metservice is expecting further bursts of heavy rain from Friday 10 March through to Sunday 12 March 2017. Auckland council say that this may lead to additional localised flooding, slips and debris on roads.

Social Media

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Flood summary

Last updated: March 13, 2017
Event
North Island, New Zealand, March 2017
Date
March 7, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Coromandel
B - Waiheke Island
C - Tapapakanga
D - Clevedon
E - Whangamata
F - Kaiaua

Magnitude

Rainfall level
259 mm in 24 hours
Golden Valley, Coromandel - March 7 to March 8, 2017
Rainfall level
157 mm in 24 hours
Whangaparaoa - March 7 to March 8, 2017
Rainfall level
112 mm in 24 hours
Whitianga - March 7 to March 8, 2017
Rainfall level
100 mm in 24 hours
Tauranga - March 7 to March 8, 2017
River level
5.4 metres
Wairoa River near Clevedon - March 8 to March 8, 2017
Rainfall level
91 mm in 24 hours
Auckland - March 10 to March 11, 2017
Rainfall level
130 mm in 24 hours
Coromandel - March 10 to March 11, 2017
Rainfall level
97 mm in 24 hours
Rotorua - March 10 to March 11, 2017

Damages

Evacuated
350 people
Hunua Ranges - March 8 to March 8, 2017
Evacuations were from camp sites in the Hunua Ranges not homes.
Evacuated
12 people
Whangamata - March 8 to March 8, 2017
Evacuated
40 people
Kaiaua - March 8 to March 8, 2017
Evacuated
50 people
Auckland - March 11 to March 12, 2017
Local media report around 12 families evacuated in New Lynn area of Auckland.