NZ Historic Weather Events Catalog

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ModerateDecember 1988 Upper North Island Flooding ( 1988-12-29 )

Heavy rain brought flooding to parts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. Homes were evacuated in Auckland, and seven people were injured in a weather-related car accident.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Duration:   2  days - From the 29th to the 30th of December.
Comments:

CauseA cold front that was the remains of tropical cyclone Eseta.

Northland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Ruakaka
Map Location: -35.910302 174.453863
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRuakaka recorded 32.5 mm (3.3 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactAt Ruakaka, the fire brigade was called to a camp ground to pump out part of the camping area on the 30th.

EvacueesFamilies had to evacuate the area.

Auckland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAuckland recorded more than 70 mm (7.0 cm) of rain in less than three hours.

ImpactThe rain contributed to over 50 accidents in the region between 2pm and 7pm on the 30th.

InjuriesSeven people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a car accident.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentTorrential rain caused flooding in parts of Auckland on the 30th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Albany
Map Location: -36.726496 174.689154
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 1 was closed at Albany Hill for an hour on the 30th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Auckland City
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

ImpactThe Auckland city fire service answered hundreds of calls to shops and homes affected by flooding or severe roof leaks.

FloodingFlooding at Bombay
Map Location: -37.187884 174.984961
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 1 was closed at Bombay.

LandslideLandslide at Dome Valley
Map Location: -36.371571 174.619756
Comments:

Affected LifelineSttae Highway 1 was closed at Dome Valley due to two slips.

FloodingFlooding at Drury
Map Location: -37.10205 174.946507
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain caused flooding in Drury.

Evacuees50 families were evacuated from Drury on the 30th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineSlips closed some roads.

FloodingFlooding at Hunua
Map Location: -37.080953 175.064042
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Hunua Gorge road was closed as rivers threatened to break their banks.

FloodingFlooding at Hunua Range
Map Location: -37.075086 175.180301
Comments:

ImpactSome residents in Hunua ranges abandoned their homes.

FloodingFlooding at Papakura
Map Location: -37.069598 174.946724
Comments:

Property DamageSeveral houses suffered extensive water damage.

Affected LifelineThe motorway bridge over the Pahurehure Inlet at Papakura was under water.

FloodingFlooding at Three Kings
Map Location: -36.90614 174.755289
Comments:

Damage CostFlooding in the Three Kings Foodtown caused $30,000 ($50,000 2008 dollars) of damage in the storeroom.

Waikato

FloodingFlooding at Waikato
Comments:

Affected LifelineIn the Franklin district, rural properties were cut off by flood waters on the 30th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineSlips and surface flooding occurred on State Highway 1.

FloodingFlooding at Te Aroha
Map Location: -37.536498 175.715457
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain caused flooding in Te Aroha on the 29th.

Affected LifelineFlash floods spilled tonnes of mud, logs and other debris on the streets. Residential roads were swamped.

ImpactResidential properties were swamped and three homes were flooded.

CommentCivil Defence staff helped, although there was no declaration.

Bay of Plenty

FloodingFlooding at Rotorua
Map Location: -38.140434 176.262282
Comments:

CommentFlooding occurred in Rotorua.

References

Environment Waikato. State of Emergency Declarations in the district since 1976.
Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.). Newsletter 36, March 1989.
Headline: Rain isolated Auckland - More on way.
The New Zealand Herald, 31 December 1988.

ModerateDecember 1988 Upper North Island Flooding ( 1988-12-29 )

Heavy rain brought flooding to parts of Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. Homes were evacuated in Auckland, and seven people were injured in a weather-related car accident.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Duration:   2  days - From the 29th to the 30th of December.
Comments:

CauseA cold front that was the remains of tropical cyclone Eseta.

Northland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Ruakaka
Map Location: -35.910302 174.453863
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRuakaka recorded 32.5 mm (3.3 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactAt Ruakaka, the fire brigade was called to a camp ground to pump out part of the camping area on the 30th.

EvacueesFamilies had to evacuate the area.

Auckland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAuckland recorded more than 70 mm (7.0 cm) of rain in less than three hours.

ImpactThe rain contributed to over 50 accidents in the region between 2pm and 7pm on the 30th.

InjuriesSeven people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after a car accident.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentTorrential rain caused flooding in parts of Auckland on the 30th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Albany
Map Location: -36.726496 174.689154
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 1 was closed at Albany Hill for an hour on the 30th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Auckland City
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

ImpactThe Auckland city fire service answered hundreds of calls to shops and homes affected by flooding or severe roof leaks.

FloodingFlooding at Bombay
Map Location: -37.187884 174.984961
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 1 was closed at Bombay.

LandslideLandslide at Dome Valley
Map Location: -36.371571 174.619756
Comments:

Affected LifelineSttae Highway 1 was closed at Dome Valley due to two slips.

FloodingFlooding at Drury
Map Location: -37.10205 174.946507
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain caused flooding in Drury.

Evacuees50 families were evacuated from Drury on the 30th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineSlips closed some roads.

FloodingFlooding at Hunua
Map Location: -37.080953 175.064042
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Hunua Gorge road was closed as rivers threatened to break their banks.

FloodingFlooding at Hunua Range
Map Location: -37.075086 175.180301
Comments:

ImpactSome residents in Hunua ranges abandoned their homes.

FloodingFlooding at Papakura
Map Location: -37.069598 174.946724
Comments:

Property DamageSeveral houses suffered extensive water damage.

Affected LifelineThe motorway bridge over the Pahurehure Inlet at Papakura was under water.

FloodingFlooding at Three Kings
Map Location: -36.90614 174.755289
Comments:

Damage CostFlooding in the Three Kings Foodtown caused $30,000 ($50,000 2008 dollars) of damage in the storeroom.

Waikato

FloodingFlooding at Waikato
Comments:

Affected LifelineIn the Franklin district, rural properties were cut off by flood waters on the 30th.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard
Comments:

Affected LifelineSlips and surface flooding occurred on State Highway 1.

FloodingFlooding at Te Aroha
Map Location: -37.536498 175.715457
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain caused flooding in Te Aroha on the 29th.

Affected LifelineFlash floods spilled tonnes of mud, logs and other debris on the streets. Residential roads were swamped.

ImpactResidential properties were swamped and three homes were flooded.

CommentCivil Defence staff helped, although there was no declaration.

Bay of Plenty

FloodingFlooding at Rotorua
Map Location: -38.140434 176.262282
Comments:

CommentFlooding occurred in Rotorua.

References

Environment Waikato. State of Emergency Declarations in the district since 1976.
Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.). Newsletter 36, March 1989.
Headline: Rain isolated Auckland - More on way.
The New Zealand Herald, 31 December 1988.