KELLY BROOKLAND/RICK SAYER Intense surface flooding has closed roads and forced evacuations in parts of Northland. An expensive clean-up is underway in Northland following a deluge of rain described as a once in a 500 year rainfall event. Murray Soljak, a spokesperson for the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management group, said there was extensive damage to roads across the region. A combination of flooding, slips and washouts had affected roads and state highways, and the extent of the damaged was being assessed on Saturday. “It will be extensive and expensive.” Send us your weather photos or videos: email [email protected] READ MORE:Welfare centre activated, tornado off coast, motorists stranded as thunderstorms hammer NorthlandWhangārei breaks weather record with hottest ever temperature of 33.5 degrees CelsiusWarm, sunny weekend for most of the North Island but rain, gales for the South Island’Phenomenal’ day of thunderstorms continuing Saturday with severe warnings for parts of Auckland There were also reports of some businesses and homes being flooded, and parked cars that were engulfed in water, however the roading damage was the most extensive. Households and businesses from Waitangi to Opua are being urged to urgently reduce water consumption while repairs are made to the Paihia Water… Read full this story
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