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Emergency demolition in flood-hit Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017

Emergency services respond as Great North Road in New Lynn is closed due to extensive flooding on March 12, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Emergency services respond as Great North Road in New Lynn is closed due to extensive flooding on March 12, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand Part of a flood-damaged building is being urgently demolished in the section of west Auckland worst hit by this months' torrential downpours.

Auckland Council says it has issued a warrant for the emergency demolition of part of the unstable Probett Building at 3107 Great North Road in New Lynn.

The building is directly next to a hole - or culvert - that opened up in the ground after heavy rain turned roads into rivers in part of the suburb's retail area on March 12.

"A dangerous building notice was issued last week, and the owner has worked closely with the council to allow the demolition to proceed," the council said.

"Initially the owner was planning to undertake the work, but the council wants to proceed quickly to allow for work on the culvert to also progress safely."

Demolition work would begin on Wednesday, starting with utility services to the building being cut off.

"By having Auckland Council lead the partial demolition of the building, which is unstable, we can ensure the culvert is protected. The two projects will run in tandem so remediation and public safety is ensured," Council Infrastructure and Environmental Services director Barry Potter said.

"As well as the demolition, a track near the building is required to be cut through to allow machinery to access the culvert site, and several trees have been removed to allow this."

The building contains asbestos, and the council said all steps were being taken to minimise any risk.

Traffic in the area may be affected.

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