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Fine weather coming as Auckland cleans up

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017
Emergency services respond as Great North Road in New Lynn is closed due to extensive flooding on March 12, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Tasman tempest weather system has brought around 140mm of rain in recent days, causing extensive flooding, power cuts and road closures. © 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. The Tasman tempest weather system has brought around 140mm of rain in recent days, causing extensive flooding, power cuts and road closures.

Auckland residents should expect fine weather to emerge later in the day as they continue the clean up from the weekend's wild rain and winds.

MetService has forecast morning showers for the city before fine spells emerge later on Monday for a top of 23C.

It comes as waist deep waters in car parks and backyards, and rivers flowing down roads were the images of a very wet Sunday in Auckland.

The Ministry of Education says some schools may be closed on Monday as a result of flood damage.

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

It had 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 a Bunnings store was evacuated after its floor was raised 300mm.

Further up the road in Kelston, 12 residents were evacuated from a multi-dwelling residential block.

Dany Madawalaliyanage and families in a New Lynn block of flats were hit particularly hard, Radio NZ reports.

Mr Madawalaliyanage said metre-high water, mud and debris gushed into his flat within 10 to 15 seconds making it impossible to save his car or most of his belongings.

Auckland Council said response teams had met with the residents and provided emergency accommodation overnight, while the Bunnings had also been deemed safe to open on Monday.

Pictures from Sunday 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.

Across the country, where large falls hit Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty and Wellington, the weather is also expected to clear.

Wellington is expected to be cloudy with occasional rain and a high of 16C.

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