Drivers urged to take 'special care' as heavy winds and strong rain batter the Wellington region
Wellington City Council is urging motorists to take extra care as heavy rain and strong winds batter the region.
Spokesman Richard MacLean said the council had received more than 20 reports of flooding on roads and private properties since 8am on Saturday.
Heavy rain is continuing to fall in the region.
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Contractors were working to remove a tree that had fallen onto Oban St in Wadestown, and there had been reports of flooding in shops on Adelaide Rd in Berhampore, MacLean said.
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“Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions, considering the likelihood of surface flooding, trees down and land slips this afternoon.”
Wellington Water is also advising motorists to expect delays on State Highway 1 north of Wellington after a wastewater main burst north of the Aotea lagoon in Porirua, sending sewage spilling out onto the highway.
The road was down to one lane northbound in the area, with the problem not likely to be fixed until late on Saturday evening, Wellington Water manager for customer planning Sam Listr said.
Nine wastewater tanker trucks were on site as the company worked to reduce wastewater overflow onto the highway, Listr said.
Bad weather battered the Wellington region overnight Friday, wreaking havoc on some properties, with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) responding to several calls of roofs being lifted and windows blown.
FENZ shift manager Belinda Beets said crews responded to 19 of the 28 weather-related calls received overnight.
She said some involved roofs lifting and windows and doors being blown in. The majority of call-outs were around the Wellington city region, while a few were from around Featherston in Wairarapa.
“Their roofs have lifted or partially blown off the house,” she said of the Featherston call-outs.
Wind gusts in the greater Wellington region reached 130kmh overnight, MetService severe weather forecaster Willliam Nepe told Stuff.
Mount Kaukau recorded gusts between 120kmh and 130kmh, the Rimutaka summit had gusts up to 120kmh, and the Kelburn weather station recorded gusts between 110kmh and 120kmh. At Wellington Airport, wind speeds reached around 105kmh.
"Big winds around, even for Wellington," Nepe said.
FENZ was also responding to reports of water going into someone’s ceiling in the Hutt area.
“They secure what they can,” she said of the crews. “If they can’t secure it, due to safety reasons, then they have to leave it, but they do the best they can with what they’ve got.”
She said any incidents involving power lines were referred to the power company.
Crews were also called to an incident that saw a tree and powerline fall on the road in Wainuiomata and a car hit it.
Beets said no-one had been injured, but the council and power company, as well as FENZ, were at the scene on Coast Road. She said police were en route.
She said they were on “stand by” on Saturday ready to deal with any calls that come in.
“Ring us and we’ll offer advice or if we can’t help we’ll get the appropriate [teams].”
A police spokesperson said their main role during these types of weather events was assisting Civil Defence. The spokesperson said there were usual bad weather events reported overnight.
MetService’s Nepe said strong winds were expected to continue throughout the day until at least this afternoon. MetService's strong wind warning for the Wellington and Wairarapa regions was in place until 6pm Saturday night.
"Still in for quite a bit of wind until later this afternoon."
The front was expected to move away from the Wellington region, easing conditions slightly. Nepe said wind gusts would still be strong, but not as strong as they had been.