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Waiwhetu Stream reeceding, sewage spilt

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/11/2016 Cassie Devoy

The Waiwhetu Stream, which was flooding earlier, is receding, but at least three people have required assistance evacuating.

People in the homes that were under threat from the stream on Riverside Drive, between Tilbury and Rumgay Streets, can now return safely, and were looked after at the welfare centre set up at the Walter Nash Centre.

The Waiwhetu Stream, which runs along the western side of the valley and which is considered one of the country's most polluted waterways, often floods during heavy rain.

Sewage from the Hinemoa Street pumping station has overflowed into the Waiwhetu Stream at Hinemoa Street due to the heavy rain on Tuesday.

The Wellington region has been hit by heavy rain, closing state highways and local roads and railway stations.

Firefighters had been called to dozens of weather-related problems throughout the region on Tuesday morning, including a number of banks coming down against houses, central communications shift manager Mike Wanoa says.

"There have been one or two reports of houses being moved."

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