Heavy rains cause flooding in Auckland, New Zealand

Heavy rains cause flooding in Auckland, New Zealand
Heavy rains cause flooding in Auckland, New Zealand
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Heavy rain with rainfall of up to 90 mm in 1 hour passed in the north of New Zealand, forcing dozens of families to evacuate their homes.

Fifty to sixty homes have been evacuated in West Auckland following flooding on the night of August 30-31, 2021.

Oakland Mayor Phil Goff said people mostly evacuated on their own and stayed with friends and family. Evacuation centers were also established. The Auckland Emergency Management Authority said the need for an evacuation overrides COVID-19 lockout rules.

For 1 hour, up to 90 mm of precipitation fell. However, Mayor Goff said the flooding was largely unexpected. "We knew it was going to rain … but there was no early indication that it could cause the level of flooding it is now."

As of 31 August, flooding has affected communities in Kumeu, Huapai, Ranui, Piha and Henderson Valley. As a result of floods and landslides, about 12 roads were closed. About 13 people were rescued from the flood waters by rescue services, who received 150 calls for help. The mayor said firefighters, police and emergency services are dealing with the situation and there is no need to declare a state of emergency.

In the 24 hours before August 31, 208.2 mm of precipitation fell in Kumeu, which is the second wettest day in the city since 1943 and 149% of the monthly rainfall.

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