Auckland Civil Defence and MetService joint release
Prepare for more severe weather
While it was a quieter night for Auckland following yesterday’s flooding, Aucklanders should be prepared for more severe weather over the coming days.
MetService is advising that further bursts of heavy rain are expected in the Auckland region between now and Sunday.
Localised downpours are possible anywhere in the region on Friday and Saturday, with the highest risk times expected to be before dawn on Friday, and again Friday night and into Saturday morning.
While not everyone will experience a downpour over the course of the next few days, those that do should expect some impacts from them. Downpours can cause flash flooding, land slips, and make driving hazardous.
The main concern if downpours occur is the impact on already saturated eastern areas of Auckland (including Waiheke Island, Clevedon Valley and the Hunua Ranges).
“While we’ve had a good, dry reprieve today, the weather on Friday night and Saturday morning is forecast to be comparable to, or worse, than Tuesday,” says Georgina Griffiths of MetService.
• Check your drains and gutters to ensure these aren’t blocked. These can cause flooding issues during heaving rain.
• Take extreme care if you are driving in heavy rain, and delay trips if possible. Do not drive through floodwaters.
• Consider alternative plans if you have an outdoor event scheduled this weekend
• If you live on a rural property, think about your livestock rotation for the weekend, especially if areas of your farms are flood-prone.
• The Rural Support Trust is asking farmers in the Clevedon with information about what is happening in their area, or if they are experiencing any issues, to contact 0800 787 254.
• Keep an eye on the weather forecast.
• If you experience stormwater issues or trees down on public land, call Auckland Council on (09) 301 0101.
• If life or property is at risk, call 111.
Auckland Civil Defence emergency operations manager Aaron Davis says civil defence is actively monitoring the situation and encourages to consider having a weekend indoors.
“At this stage it is hard to be certain about which areas of the region are likely to be hit with the most rain, but you should consider your plans for the weekend, especially if you are likely to be driving.”
The attached map shows the current road closures. Many roads that were closed yesterday have now been reopened.
Debris and flooding will be affecting other local roads and people are urged to drive with extreme care. Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters.
Damage to land and properties
A small number of properties in south east Auckland have suffered some damage and flooding following yesterday’s storm. Those affected should contact their insurance company in the first instance.
Regional parks closed
Due to heavy flooding, three Auckland regional parks have been closed.
• Tapapakanga Regional Park
• Hunua Ranges Regional Park
• Waitawa Regional Park
There is no public access allowed at these parks until further notice. Engineers will be assessing tracks, bridges and slips both in and around these parks once the weather subsides, and we will be in a position to make a further update on the parks’ access tomorrow.
Additionally, there is a partial closure at Waharau Regional Park. The park is open, but to its winter opening hours.