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Porirua flood clean-up begins

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

Porirua residents are preparing for a clean-up following flooding that closed schools, roads and kept emergency services busy on Thursday.

The Fire Service responded to more than 60 callouts including reports of people being trapped in their cars after heavy rain caused widespread floods in the city.

The Wellington region was hit with heavy rain with Porirua bearing the brunt of the downfalls, with surface flooding throughout the city centre and surrounding areas.

The Porirua City Council said there were reports of floods throughout the central city, Titahi Bay, Elsdon, Cannons Creek and Whitby.

The regional Emergency Management Office said the worst was over by the afternoon with flood waters receding.

As the rain moved northwards, Palmerston North also caught the downpour, prompting the closure of three streets and a handful of emergency callouts.

Several roads were closed throughout the Wellington Region, including State Highway 1 at Mana Esplanade for southbound traffic and both lanes of State Highway 58 from Paremata and Pauatahanui.

All have since been reopened by the NZ Transport Agency but motorists were urged to take extra care when driving home.

Local schools were also closed as a result of the flooding including Porirua School, Paremata School, Papakowhai School, Porirua East and Mana College.

They were all expected to open on Friday, apart from Porirua School, which is being assessed for damage.

The council activated its emergency operations centre and said it had received about 80 calls about flooding.

The Horouta Marae was welcoming anyone who has been affected by the flooding while two other welfare centres have also been opened.

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