Update on Flood Situation

Andrew Bayly, MP for Hunua has the following update;

UPDATE ON FLOOD SITUATION AS AT 5.00pm , SATURDAY 11 March 2017

People

  1. Nine houses flooded in Kawakawa Bay, Ness Valley (Clevedon) and Head Road, Hunua with evacuation of four families required.
  2. The Kawakawa Bay kindergarten flooded and will remain closed for at least one week
  3. The last three permanent resident families blocked by a large slip at the end of Kawakawa Bay now have road access and have been supplied with generators.
  1. Extensive damage at northern end of the cliffs at Orere. One building damaged and loss of land in the frontage of some houses.

Roads

  1. Roads currently blocked intersection of Papakura Clevedon Road and West Road (due to flooding): Twilight Road, due to large slip; Tourist Road (flooding) and Orere-Kaiaua (slip)
  2. Concerns about the bridge on Head Road, Hunua. I have spoken to Civil Defence and the Hunua Fire Brigade to see if they can check it.
  3. Caution required on all other roads.

Power

  1. Power restored to all but about 14 families
  2. Vector currently assessing damage to power lines at Kawakawa Bay – current view that it will take up to 5 days to repair due to extensive damage and risk of slips.

Water and Wastewater

  1.    All dams in the Hunua Ranges are full. Please note that WaterCare does not have the ability to open these dams     to release water, contrary to public myth.
  2. Due to heavy sedimentation Ardmore Water Treatment Plant operating at limited capacity so water   restrictions     (2o litres per person) have been requested by WaterCare
  3.   Beachlands wastewater treatment station working but Kawakawa Bay treatment station not operational

Farms

13    It appears that all stock loose have been retrieved by farmers

14    Significant loss of silage bales that have floated down a number of rivers in Hunua and Clevedon.

15    More widespread slips on farms that have ruined many fences

Clevedon Estuary/Waitemata Harbour

16    Extensive forestry debris including big logs have been moved down the river in Ness Valley Clevedon. There is concern that  some large logs have now floated into Clevedon Estuary.  Auckland Harbourmaster has issued a warning to anyone using the Harbour.
17    Extensive damage to some mooring poles in the Wairoa River which have necessitated some people moving their boats.

 

Weather

Civil Defence have issued a wind warning and are forecasting high winds until 7am tomorrow.  Look out for trees, power lines and tie down trampolines etc.

Given the forecast for further rain, it is essential that everyone continues to look out for their neighbours, keep safe and don’t use the roads unless necessary.  Everyone is doing such a fantastic  job.

Andrew Bayly will be updating his Facebook – Andrew Bayly MP – and website –andrewbayly@national.org.nz – as further information comes to hand.

Andrew Bayly captured this photograph where the owner of this vehicle had to just jump out and avoid being caught in the flooding today.