Western Leader : January 25th 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Our office is now open for 2011, wishing you a prosperous New Year Consultants a advice on pr ss locally & Ralph Hendricks 836 9310 Our Advertising C Avondale New Lynn Green Bay Blockhouse Bay are here to offer you any a promoting your busines &Aucklandwide. Te Atatu Swanson/Ranui Hobsonville Massey Shannon Jones 836 9300 Glendene Henderson Central Motoring Charles Pierard 836 9302 Education & Features Consultant Titirangi Glen Eden Katrina Larsen 836 9306 Storm leaves island awash Flooded out: Allan Hooker's home was surrounded by water on Sunday. Photo: BILL HOFFMAN Wet aftermath: Allan Hooker sits in his flood-damaged kitchen on The Terrace on Herald Island. Civil Defence put down sandbags to prevent further flooding. Photo: VANITA PRASAD By VANITA PRASAD FLOOD-STRUCK Allan Hooker has never seen anything like it in his 67 years on Herald Island. His kitchen and yard were drenched on Sunday, leaving the type 2 diabetic without a working refrigerator to store his insulin. Mr Hooker, 90, was one of many residents cleaning up the damage after their properties were flooded. A Fire Service spokesman says 30 houses on the island were affected. The service attended more than 100 weather-related incidents in Auckland from midnight on Saturday to early Monday morning. Many houses on the island avoided internal damage because their foundations are built above the high tide line. But Mr Hooker's low-lying kitchen and garage were flooded. Friend Reg Tyson has helped Mr Hooker clean up and says his biggest concern is the broken refrigerator. Allan's insulin is kept in the fridge and that needs to be kept cool. It's starting to heat up now and the food in the fridge is starting to smell a bit,'' he says. Mr Tyson says the flooding lasted for hours. The waters came about a foot over the seawall and it was like one continuous ocean right up the drive- way,'' he says. Mr Hooker says the flooding has unsettled him but neighbours are helping him out. I'm used to having everything in one place and now I can't find any- thing. My neighbours are the most amazing people. You couldn't wish for better people to be surrounded by in an emergency situation.'' Resident Jo Stewart has never seen flooding like it. It was quite surreal to see a man kayak up the backyard and talk to us next to the veggie patch.'' Civil Defence co-ordinator for the island Noel Rugg says one house was severely affected with debris floating inside. It was a combination of a two low pressure systems meeting and a king tide with gale winds that led the water up so high.'' The Met Service says from mid- night Friday to midnight Sunday 50 to 150mm of rain fell in Auckland. That's more than the rainfall for the entire month of August last year -- the wettest month. Mr Rugg says the flood shows the need for non-return valves on the stormwater drains so that water from the ocean can't travel up through the drains to the island. He says the sewerage station should also be moved. We had homes that were not on the harbourside flooded because the water was flooding up through the pipes and spilling into the street.'' He says the sewerage station is too low and if similar flooding were to occur again sewage could over- flow into the flood waters. Upper Harbour Local Board chairman Brian Neeson is writing a submission about these problems for the council to consider. With global warming this is a warning to all of us that it isn't a one time thing -- it's something we need to be prepared to experience again in the future.'' Go online to www.westernleader. co.nz to see photos of the flooding in west Auckland and a video describing the damage to Allan Hooker's home. Rain and high tide a dangerous double Floods closed the city-bound lanes on the northwestern motorway for more than five hours on Sunday. Debris washed over the causeway and waves were lapping the road. Both sides of the motorway were again closed late on Sunday night through until early Monday morning. NZ Transport Agency spokes- man Ewart Barnsley says bad weather and an unusually high tide led to the flooding.
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