As if Level 4 lockdown was not difficult enough, some residents of West Auckland were forced to flee their homes on Tuesday morning when floodwaters entered their homes and continued to rise.
In some areas the water reached neck-highs, forcing people to move with friends or other family – joining the bubbles and getting a roof over their heads.
And as the rain clears and the water recedes, the cleansing begins.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, and the river at the back of our property was about four meters high. Really very high, so I was worried about them going down.”
As it rained in West Auckland at night, people like Andrew Smith watched the weather unfold as storms swept through his Vatican Street.
Smith said he was one of the lucky ones. Her home is safe, but the property was evacuated two doors down, as were 60 other people in the area.
As the floodwaters rose, many people fled their homes at night. Fire and Emergency New Zealand was filled with calls, with 370 incidents answered before 10am.
Lifeguards also stepped in to help, rescuing people trapped in their homes as more than 200 millimeters of rain fell in just 14 hours.
Standing in high water and with the help of dinghies, the Surf Life Saving Northern Region team had to break a shed window to save a man from inside.
Many homes and businesses were affected by the floods. As of Tuesday afternoon, flood levels were still high.
Many businesses on Kameh Main Road spent most of the morning unlocking drains and getting rid of water.
Some business owners said. Checkpoint They have been there for 30 years, they have not seen water coming down the road.
It started at 4 a.m. for Johnny Mills from Bridgestone Tires in Kami.
“I woke up to a neighbor’s call that the place was flooded and maybe 600mm of water was coming from the shop.”
“We got here and the front was pretty much like a river and the whole floor of the shop was completely submerged.”
The water stopped, but left the shop floor covered with mud. Mills are worried about damage to their machines.
“It’s high enough so we can be prepared to do a little bit of damage there. But you really can’t do much about the fact that when nature does its job, you just have to work with it, clean.” To do. “
Roads are like rivers and fields are like lakes, even rescue vehicles need to be rescued.
Rescue Luke Velacott and his team were working to pull the truck out of the water.
In Henderson, the Vipira Trust Drive-through Vaccination Center moved into the indoor Trust Arena.
Chief Executive John Tamihera said it was a disturbing morning that woke up to the losses and plans to change.
“We started at 6 in the morning, making and mixing vaccines. By 7 in the morning, the weather made it impossible.
“Last night a lot of our infrastructure was blown out by the storm, then we had to rebuild everything inside.
We had to rent 450 seats and everything else.
Many vaccination staff could not come to work because they were repairing their homes. Some were even fired.
He was still planning to get half of the vaccine he was given today.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reminded the public that emergencies comply with Trump’s alert level laws.
“We are taking action. Emergency and evacuation advice eliminates the need for alert level requirements. The most important thing is to keep people safe,” he said.
“If you are advised to evacuate by the authorities due to an emergency, please follow this advice and of course we understand that the situation will mean that there will be some bubbles that other families will need. I’m joining just because they need asylum. “
Heavy rain warnings for Auckland are now over, but West Auckland residents have a clean slate, with many insurance claims.