Update on community flood situation as at 1pm Sunday

UPDATE ON FLOOD SITUATION by Andrew Bayly, MP of Hunua as at 1.00pm, SUNDAY 12 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.  The Hunua Bowling club is also flooded.
  3. The last three permanent resident families blocked by a large slip at the end of Kawakawa Bay now have limited 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 are  Twilight Road, due to large slip; 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, some of whom are holiday homes.
  2. Vector advise that the area around Kawakawa Bay Coast road  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     (20 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 and the area outside Orere Point.  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

Ongoing rain predicted and 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.

Devastation at Orere. Photo by Andrew Bayly.