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Ten people rescued in New Lynn

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017

Ten people have been rescued by firefighters from a flooded section of shops in the west Auckland suburb of New Lynn.

People are urged to avoid the New Lynn area due to risks of an unstable building, the Fire Service says.

Police say motorists should stay away from the wider New Lynn, Henderson and Kelston areas due to severe flooding. A number of roads are closed.

Some parked cars have been inundated with flood waters on Great North Road and another vehicle which was driven into the waters near Edmonton Road was pulled out after it became stuck.

Labour MP David Cunliffe, the MP for New Lynn, tweeted that the central shopping area of New Lynn faced a big clean-up. Emergency services were doing well and everyone was safe, he said.

Images shared on the New Lynn Community Facebook page show a waterfall out the back of one shop and a man walking chest deep in water in Parker Avenue. Kayaks were being used.

The Fire Service says it has had 527 emergency calls since 6am and it's averaging a 111 call every 24 seconds.

It comes as more than 150 Auckland homes have flooded under a spell of heavy rainfall around midday on Sunday.

This included 65 Glen Eden homes, 43 in Titirangi, 30 in Henderson, 20 in Avondale, 10 in West Harbour and 8 in Te Atatu.

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