Thousands of Northland residents are facing a huge clean-up
operation in the wake of some of the worst stormy weather to
hit the region in years.
The cost of the storm clean up could be in the millions,
officials say, but the damage is still being assessed after a
week of wild weather.
Heavy rain and driving winds caused slips, closed roads,
burst river banks and was thought to have claimed one life at
Haruru in Northland. Around a dozen families were taking
refuge in a welfare centre last night.
Hundreds of homes in the Far North and in northern parts of
Auckland were without power this morning, The Radio Network
A number of main roads in Northland are closed, or partly
closed, with motorists warned to take extra care and expect
Civil Defence Northland spokesman Graeme MacDonald, said
while it was too early to put an accurate cost on the storm,
"agencies involved agree it's one of the worst to strike the
region in a number of years in terms of its impacts and the
recovery would take a considerable time at an eventual cost
likely to run well into the millions".
Conditions were improving today, he said, with rivers
beginning to recede and roads beginning to reopen.
Northland Federated Farmers president Roger Ludbrook says for
some, it's a case of just trying to get by.
"Looking at the water levels certainly where I am in the Bay
of Islands, they're some of the highest river levels that I
have ever seen. I'd say that most people will just be sorting
Meanwhile, as the North dries out, parts of the South are
beginning to freeze over.
Snow warnings are in place for the high passes, with between
4 and 8 centimetres expected on Lindis Pass and Porters Pass
It'll get heavier on Porters Pass tonight - with up to 15cm
expected near the summit. Milford Road will have a dusting
this morning, with between 3 and 6 centimetres expected.
- with TRN