A car was swept away and houses flooded as torrential rain
battered Northland for a second straight week.
A fire officer watched in horror as a car heading along State
Highway 12 was suddenly swept away by a flash flood before
coming to rest in a ditch last night.
Maungaturoto fire station officer Jodie Bennetto said luckily
the elderly driver's car was left upright and he was rescued
by emergency workers.
In one house 14 people were stranded as flood waters coursed
through their property after the small township south of
Whangarei was saturated by three hours of intense rain. They
were joined by residents of nearby house and kept in
communication with the fire service by phone.
Bennetto said firefighters were ready to rescue them with a
borrowed row boat but the water receded when the rain eased
Meanwhile, the main road between Auckland and Whangarei was
last night blocked by three major slips and flooding at
Police closed State Highway 1 and diverted traffic along
State Highway 12.
A section of State Highway 12 south of Kaikohe was also down
to one lane due to a fresh washout.
Northland Civil Defence last night issued warnings against
unnecessary travel with rain and wind predicted to cause
fresh problems throughout the region.
The worst of last night's weather appeared to have avoided
the Far north inundated by floodwaters last weekend.
The worst of the wet weather was expected to be over today.
Meanwhile, Auckland plummeted to near-record cold
temperatures over the weekend, and the big chill is set to
The temperature dropped in parts of Auckland to lower than in
Dunedin and Christchurch yesterday, and forecasters say it's
going to stay that way into next week.
Unofficial temperatures as low as -4°C were recorded in
inland parts of West Auckland - equalling the coldest
recorded temperature for Auckland in July, from back in 1965.
However, weather experts are quick to point out this
weekend's big chill was an unofficial recording. The official
minimum of -1.3°C was recorded at Whenuapai Airport.
MetService meteorologist, Philippa Murdoch, said most parts
of Auckland had temperatures in the low single digits early
"For Auckland the overnight minimum on [Friday] night of 2°C,
the same as the night before, was the coldest night of the
month so far, as well as colder than the lowest for June."