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Authorities wary of more rain in Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/03/2017

Heavy rainfalls this weekend could bring more disruption to Auckland and its surrounds, authorities say.

While forecasting a chance of light showers up to Saturday, the MetService tips heavier falls for Sunday and Monday that could continue until the end of next week.

Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management director John Dragicevich said his team is conscious the rain may come hard on the heels of recent downpours and flooding.

"Forecasts are still being fine-tuned and we may even get away without a significant impact, however, it's important that we're prepared," he said.

"Early signs are pointing toward another big dumping of rain in the vicinity of the Hunua Ranges, stretching across to Waiheke Island.''

It comes as lashing storms between March 7 and 12 flooded areas in Northland, the Waikato and Coromandel.

Homes were flooded across Auckland as car parks filled with waist-deep waters and the Fire Service was called to 321 properties across the city on March 12 alone.

Heavy rains also impacted the city's water supply as multiple mud slips in the Hunua Ranges added to the debris and silt clogging Auckland's main water treatment plant.

In New Lynn a culvert at Clark Road collapsed, contributing to flooding in the surrounding area.

Auckland Council's Craig Mcilroy said a team fixing the culvert had put emergency measures in place ahead of this weekend.

This included having pumps and hoses ready to alleviate flooding by running them across Great North Road if required.

"We also have traffic management, maintenance, project control and health and safety crews on stand by if urgent action is needed," Mr Mcilroy said.

Works to partially demolish the Probett Building to allow teams greater access to the adjacent culvert also began on Wednesday.

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