Thunderstorms and heavy rain in the early hours of this morning has caused widespread flooding across west Auckland and west Rodney, in the Henderson, Ranui, Waitākere Ranges, Swanson and Kumeu areas.
Landslips have been reported, including on Piha Rd, and there is severe flooding in the Kumeu area. Auckland Emergency Management has deployed both of its Western and Northern Response Teams to assist Police and Fire and Emergency New Zealand operations in the area.
Auckland Emergency Management Deputy Controller Rachel Kelleher says the situation continues to evolve.
“Daylight means we’re able to assess the situation more comprehensively and we’re continuing to gather information about the number of people affected with response teams currently out on the ground.
We want to remind people that if they can stay at home safely, please do; but if you do need to leave, please do not drive through floodwaters. Contact 111 if you or your property is in immediate danger.
“We do have resources on standby in case we need to provide shelter for anyone that needs to evacuate their homes.
“Those in the Henderson area can head to the main council building at 6 Henderson Valley Road to seek shelter and the Kumeu Community Centre at 35 Access Road, Kumeu is now also available through until 8pm and will reopen at 8am tomorrow morning. At this stage, these sites are open for shelter only, but we will continue to evaluate the level of need out in the community to see if there is further assistance we can provide.
“Alert Level 4 does add another level of complexity but the key thing to remember is that getting yourself to safety overrides COVID-19 protocols. However, we do ask that if you do need to burst your bubble, please remember to wear a face covering and try to maintain physical distancing as much as possible and keep a record of who you have been in contact with.”
COVID-19 means very strict protocols at Civil Defence Centres too.
Evacuation advice overrides any COVID-19 Alert Level requirements to stay at home. If you are advised to evacuate by authorities because of an emergency, please follow the evacuation advice. Stay two metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so. Wear a mask or face covering only if you can grab one quickly and it will not delay you leaving.
Auckland Transport has reported that there have been a number of roads affected by the flooding.
Please keep an eye on Auckland Transport’s Facebook page for updates on road closures and other weather-related issues as the situation continues to evolve - facebook.com/akltransport
We urge people to stay away from the impacted areas, but if you do need to get out on the road, please do not drive through floodwaters.
We understand in times like these that people want to help and although we appreciate the offers of assistance, however our Welfare team’s inbox is getting a little overwhelmed. This means it is taking us longer to get to those requests for help.
Please only get in touch if you are in need of assistance so that we can reach out to those who do need help more quickly.
It is also important to note that under Alert Level 4, people should not be leaving their homes unless it is essential. Please do not drop off goods at community centres during this time. Sticking to our bubbles will help to keep everyone safe.
If you do need to evacuate your property, please take your pets with you if it is safe to do so, or take them to a safe shelter place.
If you have to leave your animals behind, make sure they’re in a secure and sheltered place either inside or outside your home.
If you have livestock or horses in paddocks near waterways that have the potential to flood (streams, rivers etc.), move them to higher ground.
For further information, please refer to the Ministry of Primary Industries fact sheet.
Insurance Council New Zealand (ICNZ) has provided some advice for those that have been affected by today’s weather event to help with recovery and support a smooth claims process.
With Auckland at Level 4 the process to assess the resulting damage is likely to look different than normal, with insurers likely to use a variety of socially distanced methods such as video.