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Floods in Auckland: Residents of Kamma face long-awaited repairs.

Gai Visharat is a resident of Kameh whose property was severely damaged.

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Gai Visharat is a resident of Kameh whose property was severely damaged.

Fifteen days after the floodwaters receded from his low-income home, Gai Visharat is aware of the harsh realities of a lengthy cleaning process.

“You ride adrenaline the first day, but then it all falls apart. You realize you’ve lost everything, it’s all rotting.

Visharat has been living in the area with his wife and children for eight years, and he knew to expect heavy rain on the night of August 31. He never expected to wake up with 30 cm of water around his ankles..

Wishert's house has been destroyed by the flood, the sofa is rippled and the walls are still wet.

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Wishert’s house has been destroyed by the flood, the sofa is rippled and the walls are still wet.

“You’re waking up to the rising water, your family is screaming, and you’re pushing things to protect the house. It’s painful. Nightmares,” Visharat said.

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Wishert – whose home, farm and cars were destroyed in the flood – is one of many West Auckland residents who were affected by the flood. More than 5,500 homes were surveyed. To the detriment, the council confirmed that as of September 10, 169 plaques had been banned.

Although the psychological effects are severe, Visharat has spent the past week repairing parts of his flood-affected home, calling plumbers and builders who often do not come when needed.

Nurse and Miss Local Renate McLeod had to leave her home and belongings when the floodwaters flooded her street. The cul-de-sac was at its height above the waist in the water. McLeod is currently taking refuge in an insurance-provided cabin with his two sons.

National shortage of construction materials. This means that she is not expecting her repairs to progress rapidly.

“You have to make a plan and move on with it, it’s not like you can stay in a motel for six months,” McLeod said.

More than 5,500 homes are estimated to have been damaged by the floods.  Lack of building supplies nationally means many home repairs are likely to be slow.

Chris McCain / Things.

More than 5,500 homes are estimated to have been damaged by the floods. Lack of building supplies nationally means many home repairs are likely to be slow.

“I have been watching months and months. [of repairs]The whole kitchen is being taken out at the moment – it won’t get better right away.

The Komi community was quick to help those in need. Shirley Gray had only clothes, a pair of shoes and a pocket knife left after the flood, after her caravan, cars and valuables were destroyed. Gray has been given clothes, equipment and donations. Thousands of dollars through the Givealittle page.

Gray had moved into his caravan just a week before the flood, and had to shield his back from high water through the side window of his caravan.

“If it weren’t for that [the community]”My family and friends, I don’t think I could compete,” Gray said.

The council has been in talks for the past seven days to develop an early warning system for residents. Those who felt anxious had little knowledge of the risk of flooding before the storm..

Chris McCain / Things.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says flooding in the lowlands above Cove is a “huge burden” for many. (Video first published on August 31, 2021)

Philan Perry, chairperson of the Rodney Local Board, spoke on September 8 about river monitoring devices with healthy waters, which will alert residents via text if the water rises above normal.

“Smaller coastal communities have emergency response plans, but when areas like Venopai and Kame do not,” Perry said.

“Council communications need to be clear with our residents before and during these events.”

A spokesman for the Auckland Council said the rapid nature of the flooding meant that it was difficult to assess the situation and reach people.

“Information was shared on our social media channels. We encouraged people to reach out for help from every available media opportunity,” the spokesman said.

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