Auckland was hit with a lot of rain over the weekend, resulting in sudden and destructive flooding. It’s been bloody awful to see the devastation and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the floods.
Auckland is still in a state of emergency, and Northland has just joined them as more wet weather is set to impact the North Island from 5pm tonight and may last until 8am Wednesday 1 February, according to Auckland Emergency Management.
Here’s the official advice on how to stay safe in turbulent weather. For all weather warnings by Met Service, visit here.
For any urgent flooding issues call 0800 22 22 00 (Auckland).
Civil Defence is asking all of us to avoid floodwater. It may look like a pool in your backyard, and it’s tempting to film a quick TikTok, but the water is contaminated and even when shallow, the running water can sweep you away mighty quickly.
Their website states: “Do not try to walk, play, swim, or drive in floodwater: even water just 15 centimetres deep can sweep you off your feet, and half a metre of water will carry away most vehicles.”
“Flood water is often contaminated and can make you sick.”
If you do happen to come into contact with the floodwater, “thoroughly clean hands, clothes and any property” the water has touched.
It is possible your property may begin to flood. Civil Defense advises getting prepared in case you need to evacuate.
Take your pets with you if you have to leave. Turn off water, electricity, and gas if you are advised to. Check on your neighbours.
“Move valuable and dangerous items as high above the floor as possible. This includes electrical equipment and chemicals. Use watertight containers to store important items.”
Auckland Council wishes for you to report any stormwater or flooding issues online using the page below.
Only return home after Civil Defence and emergency services have told you it is safe to do so.
When returning home, watch your step as floors may be slippery, uneven and/or covered with debris.
Make sure to capture photos of any damage, contact insurers ASAP, and if you’re renting, make sure your landlord is aware of any damage/issues immediately.
Do not do anything that may put you or anyone else at risk.
NZ Transport Agency has advised avoiding travelling if you do not have to.
Auckland Transport has a full list of road closures and re-openings and news on bus, rail, ferry, and parking services. You can contact them to report a problem here.
If there is an immediate risk to people or property, call Auckland Transport on 09 355 3553.
Tap water IS SAFE to drink (for now). Watercare Auckland has increased their testing frequency to ensure they will know if anything changes. To view updates and any more information on water, visit here.
In Case of Emergency
If you are unsafe call 111, Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) only want people to call if there is a threat to people’s safety. The Ministry of Social Development is also taking calls for welfare assistance on 0800 400 100.
If where you are staying is not safe, there are three Civil Defence Centres open:
- Kelston at Saint Leonard's Road School, 15 Leonard's Road
- Randwick Park, at Manu Tukutuku, 32 Riverton Drive
- Albany, at the Massey University Albany East Precinct. Enter at Gate 1/Main Entrance off the Albany Expressway SH17. The centre is set up in the Sir Neil Waters Theatre
You can also call 0800 22 22 00 to organise accommodation.
Civil Defence has released an easy-to-read PDF with information about the flooding and what to do to make sure you stay safe in these uncertain times.
Lastly, it’s important to look out for others right now. Make sure to check on friends, whānau, neighbours and the wider community as this weather continues to change. Any ounce of support goes a long way in this time of need.