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Auckland Mayor demands flood investigation

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017
Phil Goff. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Phil Goff.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has called for a council investigation into the flash-flooding that beset the city over the weekend.

Waist-deep waters in car parks and backyards and rivers flowing down roads were ubiquitous in the City of Sails on Sunday, with the Fire Service responding to 582 emergency calls from 6am.

Homes were flooded in the west Auckland suburbs of Glen Eden, Titirangi, Green Bay and New Lynn, with 10 people rescued from flooded New Lynn shops.

Auckland Council said response teams had met with the affected residents and provided emergency accommodation overnight.

But Mr Goff, who was elected to the mayoralty in a landslide in October, acknowledged the council needed to learn lessons from the incident.

The city's infrastructure, particularly roads and drainage, would have to be safeguarded for similar events down the track.

"With climate change, we are going to see these extreme events more frequently, (so) we have to plan for a different future," Mr Goff told Newshub.

"We have to put in place the safeguards that we're able to financially, and the ones that make sense."

Rainfall is expected to abate over the course of Monday but Auckland's water treatment plants continue to struggle with excess sediment.

Mr Goff said a permanent forestation programme could help prevent sediment run-off for similar cases of flooding in the future.

However, the immediate priority for council would be to avoid issuing a boil water notice in the Auckland area.

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