Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the Cove 19 Level 4 protocol had to be put on the back burner to deal with the severe flooding.
Guff visited the flood-hit community of Camus on Tuesday afternoon, when much of West Auckland sank overnight.
“It’s hard for people who are having trouble with Alert Level 4, now they’re looking to find themselves without a home,” Goff said.
“We are not cracking down on people trying to escape from flooded homes, whether they are socially isolated, but now that people are safe, protocols apply.
“We don’t want people who have been washed out of the house to come down again with a cove, so people have to be careful. The police, the fire service, they’re working together – but I can’t say much about them.
About 60 homes were evacuated, mainly in the Henderson Valley area.
Goff said it was “incredibly difficult” for those affected – especially in the Kamma area, where more than 200 millimeters of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours.
“We have set up temporary shelters as needed, provided accommodation in hotels and motels while repairs are being carried out,” Goff said.
Most of those evacuated were living with friends and family.
However, an emergency evacuation center was set up at 6 Henderson Valley RD because people can move to a temporary location if they need help.
In life-and-death situations such as floods, he said, the most urgent issue needs to be addressed first, and any Quaid 19 restrictions need to be addressed.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the flooding in Auckland and urged people to evacuate, despite restrictions, if necessary.
However, he urged those who may need emergency shelter or the help of others to continue wearing face masks and keep social distance if possible.
He said that despite the “terrible situation”, it was necessary to maintain the Covid 19 restrictions wherever possible.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reiterated that the state of emergency lifts sanctions and that some bubbles may need to be reunited with others for asylum.
“It feels like another blow during an incredibly difficult time,” Ordner said.
“Please reach out for help, help is available for you.”
By 10 a.m., Fire and Emergency New Zealand had participated in 370 incidents, Ordner said.
This included flooding as well as power lines and falling trees.
At 9.30am, a spokesman for Auckland Council said the Henderson Shelter was not yet in “high demand” but would remain open.
The Covid 19 Alert Level 4 restrictions are being “very carefully managed” on the site.
The spokesman said it was important to call 111 for the first time if one’s life or property was in danger.
Anyone who did not need to go to the shelter but needed welfare assistance can call Auckland Emergency Management on 0800 22 22 00.
Sasha Langham, owner of Drain Ninja, a drain-blocking company, has been assisting staff on the outskirts of West Auckland since 6am.
“We started receiving calls for help in the flooded, drains at 3.30am this morning, but the weather was so bad at the time that the crew could be evacuated safely.
“A lot of customers are desperately needed.”
He said Langham’s vacuum units were stationed at Comeau, Huawei and Helensville, but would deal with more western areas in the morning.
“We are ready for the strong wave that will pass. It is tied to the constant rain, and it is likely that my team will be out all day.
As a must-have business, Langham said his team is already equipped with all the correct Covid 19 PPE, hygiene rules, distance and safety measures.
“It’s business as usual.”
Glenn Wheeler, president of Comey Rugby Club, said the club is available to anyone in need of shelter.
It had a capacity of 200 people and the doors could be opened if anyone needed.
Wheeler said it had a kitchen and a hot shower.
Much of the lowland is under water as flooding affects West Auckland.
Anyone who needs to use the club can call Wheeler on 027 494 5666. It is located on Alexandra St. in Riverhead.
Elle Armin Jones, owner of Vineyard Cottages in Williamaco, has opened seven B&B residences for “anyone in need”.
Guests will be well fed – “from afar” – and warmed by an open fireplace and tea, said Armon Jones.
He said payment would not be required, “not in such a situation”.
Owned by Sarah Moore, Community Director of the social media site Nebraska. Equipment“It was a wet and wild night in Auckland,” he said.
“When there is a break in the weather, go out carefully to find out if something is blocking your drains or loosening up in a storm.
“Don’t rush – things can slip. If you see a loss, make sure you take photos if you need to file an insurance claim.
“People need to check on their neighbors, especially if they are old or living alone,” Moore said.
“But make sure you’re following the Level 4 rules. Consider using email, texting or Neighborly to send a message. Even if they’re performing well, Connection will mean a lot.
When the Henderson Shelter was set up, police and firefighters were inspecting properties in the area, Henderson said.
“Bring your necessities, a phone and a mask with you if you want to evacuate,” he said.
“If you are in danger, call 111 immediately, and stay in touch with others in the community.”
The Auckland Civil Defense said the evacuation requirement would remove any Alert Level 4 restrictions.