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Auckland man rescues nine in floods

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/03/2017

An Auckland man has come to the rescue of nine drivers trapped in flash floods in the city's south, including a postal van.

With 239mm of rain hitting the city overnight, Auckland has had its wettest March on record.

The latest bout of rain caused floods in the region's south on Wednesday, prompting Fire Service callouts to waterlogged basements, garages, and closing two roads in Pukekohe.

But while some drivers trapped by flash flooding were calling emergency services, one man in Ramarama took to rescuing motorists himself.

Local Cameron Vernon has on Facebook posted video of himself rescuing vehicles by driving his Nissan Safari through nearly metre-high muddy torrents.

In what he describes as the craziest of nine rescues of the day, the self-narrated video even shows him towing out a postal van.

"Don't worry guys, the postie will still be on time," he shouts out the window as the water rises around his SUV.

Afterwards, Mr Vernon said residents in the area had become used to floods.

"It's just what we do out here," he told Fairfax.

Meanwhile in Pukekohe, a tractor also beat the Fire Service to rescue a driver trapped on Foy Road.

Wednesday's flooding follows a major downpour earlier in the month that caused landslips, power cuts and large-scale damage to farms in Auckland's rural south, along with hobbling a major water treatment plant.

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