There is “absolute chaos” in parts of Auckland this morning as wild weather causes extensive flooding and damage to homes and businesses overnight.
There are reports of flooding in Henderson, Waitakere, Ranui, Kumeu, Piha and Bethells Beach overnight. Reports indicate this is the most rain to hit Auckland in a single weather event since 2017.
Residents are being evacuated, houses have been flooded and cars swept away. With the worst affected areas requiring jet skis and IRBs to rescue stranded people. All roads in and out of the Kumeu township have been blocked by flooding isolating residents. Kumeu’s main road and many of its shops are under water, houses are damaged and some cars are fully submerged.
The storm started with more than 600 lightning strikes in and over Auckland before the rain and wind increased causing major damage across the west.
The region was battered overnight by heavy rain, with Kumeu copping 201mm in 14 hours. Police warn there are significant road slippages and water hazards across the Waitākere Ranges, Kumeu and Huapai areas.
As a result of this destructive weather across Auckland overnight, we are mobilising resources as much as we can to assist with Priority 1 claims and emergency work.
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