Wellington floods, 60 emergency calls in half an hour
Wellington residents should be prepared for strong and continuous winds, with gusts expected to reach 140 km / h in some areas. Photo / File, Mark Mitchell
Preventive evacuations are underway at properties in Newlands, Wellington, following a slip, as high winds and rain continue to batter the capital.
A fire and emergency spokesperson said at around 4 p.m. he had received more than 60 calls in the past half hour regarding flooding and property damage in Wellington, Hutt and Kāpiti regions.
This included a slip on a property at Landbrook Drive Newlands at 2:15 p.m., which resulted in the evacuation of neighboring properties and an evacuation center set up at the marae.
It comes as the region is hit by heavy rains and high winds, causing flooding in Wellington, closing roads and canceling dozens of flights.
Wellington City Council advised motorists to avoid the Hutt Road between Kaiwharawhara and Ngauranga Gorge due to heavy surface flooding from both lanes.
Previously, Wellington Water advised motorists to expect delays on SH1 at Paremata due to a ruptured sewage line between the Aotea outlet and Plimmerton, 200 meters north of the Aotea Lagoon. .
The incident caused a sewer manhole to overflow onto Station Rd and Paramata Cres.
The public have been urged to avoid swimming in Porirua Harbor for the next 48 hours, and residents of Featherston and Greytown are urged to hold water until further notice.
Wellington Water was called to the sewage disposal line around 8 a.m. today, said Sam Lister, customer planning manager.
“This caused sewage to overflow through SH1 and into the port of Paremata. State Highway 1 is currently reduced to one northbound lane and people should expect delays.
“There are nine sewage tankers on site that are helping reduce the overflow on SH1 and crews are planning to carry out an urgent repair.”
Work was scheduled to continue into late evening tonight, and Lister warned there could be more burst pipes.
“With the heavy rains likely to cause more overflows, we are also asking residents of Whitby, Paremata, Plimmerton, Pukerua Bay and the northern parts of Aotea to minimize water use as much as possible.
Strong winds of up to 130 km / h in some locations are canceling flights to Wellington Airport and blowing up house roofs, as flooding and debris are reported in the area.
Landslides and flooding also closed SH2 between Upper Hutt and Featherston.
The rugged weather that has hit the west coast of the South Island sweeps across the country today – with most parts of the North Island during periods of intense heavy rains and high winds.
Wellington Airport said the gusts caused flight disruptions throughout the day.
A spokesperson said 26 Air NZ departures and 28 Wellington airport arrivals were canceled on Saturday, along with all Sounds Air flights.
Wellington City Council has urged motorists to be especially careful on city roads as heavy rains and high winds hit the area.
They had received more than 60 calls to report flooding on roads and private properties since 8 a.m. today.
Crews were tending to a tree in Oban St, Wadestown, and there had been several reports of flooding – including stores in Adelaide Rd, Berhampore.
MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr said strong winds are expected to continue for the remainder of the day, with a weather warning in effect until 6 p.m.
Strong north to northwest winds could gust to 140 km / h in exposed areas.
The Mount Kaukau anemometer in Wellington recorded peak gusts of 130 km / h or more between 8 p.m. last night and 1 a.m. this morning.
Kerr said the weather would move up quickly in the country today, resulting in periods of heavy rain across much of the North Island.
“Bang, it’s going to accelerate from start to finish [the North Island]. It will be a fairly brief passage, ”he said.
The area remained in heavy rain with Kelburn recording 31mm over a six hour period and 32mm at Trentham.
“The heavy rain eve lasts until 4 pm this afternoon and is followed by a few showers and northwesterly winds for the remainder of the day and until tomorrow.
“The strong wind watch continues until 3:00 am tomorrow morning.”
There was also a travel warning for people heading north on SH1, with large waves expected in the northwestern parts of the region, such as the Kāpiti Coast and Pukerua Bay.
“With the tide high around 3pm this afternoon, we could see spray and debris affecting SH1 northward coming out of town, north of Pukerua Bay,” Kerr said.
He said the NZTA would also keep an eye on the road.
Earlier this morning, conditions cut a power or telephone line on Northland Tunnel Rd, caused a tree to fall on Ohiro Rd and contributed to a car crash.
Police had been receiving weather-related calls in Wellington since 5:45 a.m., a spokeswoman said.
“The flooding on SH1 in Papakowhai … appears to have contributed to a vehicle exiting at 8:20 am. No injuries and the vehicle was towed,” the spokesperson said.
There was also flooding on Hutt Rd in Kaiwharawhara and Grays Rd in Plimmerton.
There had been three vehicles involved in an accident on the Hutt Road at 11:50 am with no injuries reported.
Slips were also reported in the southbound lane of SH1 near Newlands, on Hudson Street, Island Bay, and Tai Paku Paku Rd, Karaka Bays.
The council also reported flooding on Waikowhai Street in Ngaio at 11 a.m.
The fire and emergency services received 28 weather-related calls overnight and responded to 19 in Wellington.
A spokesperson said the calls included the lifting of roofs, blown-out windows and fallen trees.
“This morning, we continue to respond to a constant stream of calls for help, including surface flooding, trees knocking down power lines and damage to properties from storms. Our teams are working with oil companies. electricity where power lines are involved. “
Shift supervisor Belinda Beets said much of a roof came off a house in Newtown.
Roofing iron and a sign also came off elsewhere in this suburb.
Steel hung from the roof of a building on Taranaki Street in the CBD, and doors were blown in Ngaio.