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Big clean-up needed in Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/03/2017

Waterfalls from balconies and rivers flowing down roads are the images of a very wet Sunday in Auckland.

The Fire Service said it was called to 321 properties in Auckland on Sunday, of which 225 were in west Auckland.

It responded to 582 emergency calls from 6am on Sunday.

At the peak of the deluge across Auckland, Waikato and into Rotorua the Fire Service was receiving a 111 call every 24 seconds.

Homes were flooded in the Auckland suburbs of Glen Eden, Titirangi, Green Bay and New Lynn.

Ten people were rescued from flooded shops in New Lynn and the Bunnings store was evacuated after its floor was raised 300mm.

Pictures posted on the New Lynn Community Facebook page show one resident walking in water up to his armpits, others breaking out kayaks and lakes where parks used to be.

Residents say the water is receding as fast as it rose but it's a big clean-up job and the community is pulling together.

New Lynn MP David Cunliffe says there is massive flood damage in central New Lynn.

Further south flooding has subsided on State Highway 1 between Huntly and Rangiriri.

At Rotorua, a bridge has washed out near Ngongotaha and the Utuhina Stream has burst its banks, endangering properties.

A car ended also up in a creek on SH41 at Tokaanu.

Aucklanders had earlier been warned there was a chance of tornadoes, damaging winds in addition to another burst of rain.

Sunday's further falls come after a wet and wild start to the weekend in Auckland, Northland and the Coromandel that included record rainfalls, flooding and landslips.

The army was called in to help hundreds of people to safety when floods hit the Sundaise Festival near Waihi on Friday night.

NIWA says Auckland rainfall typically ranges from 75mm to 110mm in March but some places, such as Albany and Mangere, recorded more than 100mm within 24 hours.

The downpour included 27.6mm of rainfall between 5pm and 6pm on Friday to equal Auckland's wettest March hour since records began in 1965.

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