A body has been found this morning in the search for the
Northland woman swept away by flood waters.
A police spokesman said the body was found downstream from
where the woman was caught in Waitangi River flood waters
near Haruru Falls about 6am yesterday.
Police were yet to identify the body.
The 28-year-old woman was believed to have been swept away
while trying to get from her partially submerged vehicle back
to a nearby house, where the occupants had been partying most
of the night.
Far North emergency services scrambled to search for the
woman, with about 20 searchers combing the banks, with more
land exposed than yesterday because the river levels had
Earlier, Far North land search and rescue president Kerry
Sinclair told Radio New Zealand despite the falling water
levels and fine weather, the search conditions were
"The fact that we're looking through very heavily silted
debris and boggy areas, it's not pleasant, it's not easy
walking - there's a lot of blackberry and gorse along the
river as well."
Several people were caught in vehicles by flood waters and
many residents also needed to be rescued from flooded houses.
A local welfare centre was set up for affected residents at
the Bledisloe Hall in Haruru, police said.
An Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter spokesman said their
crew were called to rescue a number of people who had been at
a party in Pahia early yesterday morning before getting swept
into the river.
A crewman who attended the rescue said they were stood down
around midday after rescuing a man and a dog off a roof.