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January-February 2004 New Zealand Flooding ( 2004-01-30 )

Heavy rain was experienced in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson and the West Coast, bringing flooding to some areas. In Taranaki, a man drowned in the flooded Waiwhakaiho River. A man also drowned in Nelson when his car plunged into a swollen river. Homes were flooded in Wanaka.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Duration:   4  days - From 30th January to 2nd February.
Comments:

CauseA front moved slowly onto Northland, while a rain band spread across New Zealand ahead of a large depression.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentHeavy rainfall ocurred throughout Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wellington, Marlborough and Westland on the 1st.

Physical CharacteristicRainfall totalling 50-100 mm in 24 hours occurred in many areas.

Northland

FloodingFlooding at Northland
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads were closed due to flooding.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Kaikohe
Map Location: -35.406232 173.80745
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicKaikohe recorded 106.6 mm (10.7 cm) of rain in 16 hours.

Auckland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Auckland.

FloodingFlooding at Auckland
Comments:

Affected LifelineAuckland roads were disrupted by surface flooding on the 1st. Some roads were closed due to flooding.

ImpactSome houses were flooded.

Affected LifelineOver-flowing sewerage caused beaches to be closed.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland International Airport
Map Location: -37.008447 174.782053
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAuckland Airport recorded 70 mm (7.0 cm) of rain in 10 hours.

FloodingFlooding at Castor Bay
Map Location: -36.762147 174.769561
Comments:

CommentFlooding occurred in Castor Bay on the 1st.

FloodingFlooding at Hillsborough
Map Location: -36.925105 174.752965
Comments:

CommentFlooding occurred in Hillsborough on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Takapuna
Map Location: -36.787162 174.755633
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe North Shore recorded 55 mm (5.5 cm) of rain in two hours on the 2nd.

Waikato

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikato
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Waikato.

Taranaki

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Taranaki
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Taranaki.

Physical CharacteristicTaranaki received 9.6 mm (1.0 cm) of rain per hour.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThe heavy rain caused river levels around the region to rise.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dawson Falls
Map Location: -39.321582 174.105391
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Dawson Falls area recrded 138 mm (13.8 cm) of rain in 12 hours on the 1st.

Physical CharacteristicThe Dawson Falls area recorded 25 mm (2.5 cm) of rain in the hour from 11am to 12pm on the 1st.

FloodingFlooding at Egmont Village
Map Location: -39.144561 174.148737
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Waiwhakaiho River at Egmont Village had a flow of 5.3 cumecs at 7.45am on the 1st.

Physical CharacteristicThe Waiwhakaiho River at Egmont Village had a flow of 151 cumecs at 12pm on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mount Taranaki
Map Location: -39.295865 174.063806
Comments:

CommentIt began to rain heavily on Mt Taranaki on the evening of the 31st.

Physical CharacteristicMt Taranaki received more than 300 mm (30.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Physical CharacteristicMt Taranaki recorded 312 mm (31.2 cm) of rain in 48 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at New Plymouth
Map Location: -39.051214 174.06972
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNew Plymouth recorded 52.2 mm (5.2 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Affected LifelineThere was flooding on some of the city's roads on the 2nd.

FloodingFlooding at Waiwhakaiho River
Map Location: -39.202437 174.127733
Comments:

CasualtiesA 30-year-old man drowned on the 1st while attempting to 'tube' down the swollen Waiwhakaiho River.

CommentThe Waiwhakaiho River was at its peak in the middle of the day on the 1st, when a flash flood passed through.

Physical CharacteristicThe Waiwhakaiho River rose dramatically, rising 2.8 m.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Manawatu-Wanganui
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around the Wanganui district.

Wellington

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wellington
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Wellington.

Physical CharacteristicWellington recorded 44.6 mm (4.5 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Marlborough

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Marlborough
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Marlborough.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Crail Bay
Map Location: -41.151321 173.970569
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicCrail Bay recorded 154 mm (15.4 cm) of rain in 15 hours on the 1st.

Tasman-Nelson

FloodingFlooding at Tasman-Nelson
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads were closed due to flooding.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Maitai Dam
Map Location: -41.294828 173.371483
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMaitai Dam recorded 87 mm (8.7 cm) of rain on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Nelson City
Map Location: -41.268476 173.297338
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNelson City recorded 127 mm (12.7 cm) of rain on the 1st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CasualtiesA 20-year-old man died after the car he was driving plunged into the swollen Maitai River in central Nelson on the 1st. The car missed the approach to Clouston Bridge.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Roding River
Map Location: -41.361718 173.280424
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRoding River recorded 85 mm (8.5 cm) of rain on the 1st.

West Coast

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at West Coast
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Westland.

Otago

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at St Bathans
Map Location: -44.87122 169.812565
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicSt Bathans recorded 74 mm (7.4 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 30th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wanaka
Map Location: -44.706574 169.12357
Comments:

CommentWanaka experienced a half-hour deluge on the 30th.

Physical CharacteristicWanaka recorded 25 mm (2.5 cm) of rain in 30 minutes on the 30th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThere were flash floods in the Wanaka region after the town's storm water system was overloaded.

ImpactFlood waters entered several homes and businesses.

Affected LifelineStreets were flooded and some roads were closed.

CommentThe flood was said to be as bad as the 1999 flood.

Southland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Southland
Comments:

CommentRainfall later spread to Fiordland.

Physical CharacteristicFiordland recorded 60 mm (6.0 cm) of rain in 24 hous on the 1st.

References

Major weather events in New Zealand, Floods and High Rainfall, Floods to 30 Sept 2005.
Major weather events in New Zealand, Floods and High Rainfall, Floods to 31 May 2006.
Major weather events in New Zealand, Floods and High Rainfall, Floods to 31st July 2006.
www.metservice, notable weather events.govt.nz.
Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.) Newsletter 96, March 2004.
Headline: Rain causes havoc, eases drought.
The Nelson Mail, 2 February 2004.
Headline: River plunge fatal.
The Nelson Mail, 2 February 2004.
Headline: Rainstorms cause chaos.
The New Zealand Herald, Source: NZPA, 2 February 2004.
Headline: Flash-flood risk always there, say river experts.
The Taranaki Daily News, 2 February 2004.
Headline: Tube-ride man missing.
The Taranaki Daily News, 2 February 2004.
Headline: Chaos reigns as wet weather drops by.
The Taranaki Daily News, 3 February 2004.
Headline: Dead man had come to Taranaki to start anew.
The Taranaki Daily News 3 February 2004.
Headline: Four killed over weekend.
The Taranaki Daily News, 3 February 2004.

January-February 2004 New Zealand Flooding ( 2004-01-30 )

Heavy rain was experienced in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson and the West Coast, bringing flooding to some areas. In Taranaki, a man drowned in the flooded Waiwhakaiho River. A man also drowned in Nelson when his car plunged into a swollen river. Homes were flooded in Wanaka.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Duration:   4  days - From 30th January to 2nd February.
Comments:

CauseA front moved slowly onto Northland, while a rain band spread across New Zealand ahead of a large depression.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentHeavy rainfall ocurred throughout Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wellington, Marlborough and Westland on the 1st.

Physical CharacteristicRainfall totalling 50-100 mm in 24 hours occurred in many areas.

Northland

FloodingFlooding at Northland
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads were closed due to flooding.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Kaikohe
Map Location: -35.406232 173.80745
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicKaikohe recorded 106.6 mm (10.7 cm) of rain in 16 hours.

Auckland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Auckland.

FloodingFlooding at Auckland
Comments:

Affected LifelineAuckland roads were disrupted by surface flooding on the 1st. Some roads were closed due to flooding.

ImpactSome houses were flooded.

Affected LifelineOver-flowing sewerage caused beaches to be closed.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland International Airport
Map Location: -37.008447 174.782053
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAuckland Airport recorded 70 mm (7.0 cm) of rain in 10 hours.

FloodingFlooding at Castor Bay
Map Location: -36.762147 174.769561
Comments:

CommentFlooding occurred in Castor Bay on the 1st.

FloodingFlooding at Hillsborough
Map Location: -36.925105 174.752965
Comments:

CommentFlooding occurred in Hillsborough on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Takapuna
Map Location: -36.787162 174.755633
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe North Shore recorded 55 mm (5.5 cm) of rain in two hours on the 2nd.

Waikato

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Waikato
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Waikato.

Taranaki

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Taranaki
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Taranaki.

Physical CharacteristicTaranaki received 9.6 mm (1.0 cm) of rain per hour.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThe heavy rain caused river levels around the region to rise.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Dawson Falls
Map Location: -39.321582 174.105391
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Dawson Falls area recrded 138 mm (13.8 cm) of rain in 12 hours on the 1st.

Physical CharacteristicThe Dawson Falls area recorded 25 mm (2.5 cm) of rain in the hour from 11am to 12pm on the 1st.

FloodingFlooding at Egmont Village
Map Location: -39.144561 174.148737
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Waiwhakaiho River at Egmont Village had a flow of 5.3 cumecs at 7.45am on the 1st.

Physical CharacteristicThe Waiwhakaiho River at Egmont Village had a flow of 151 cumecs at 12pm on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mount Taranaki
Map Location: -39.295865 174.063806
Comments:

CommentIt began to rain heavily on Mt Taranaki on the evening of the 31st.

Physical CharacteristicMt Taranaki received more than 300 mm (30.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Physical CharacteristicMt Taranaki recorded 312 mm (31.2 cm) of rain in 48 hours.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at New Plymouth
Map Location: -39.051214 174.06972
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNew Plymouth recorded 52.2 mm (5.2 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

Affected LifelineThere was flooding on some of the city's roads on the 2nd.

FloodingFlooding at Waiwhakaiho River
Map Location: -39.202437 174.127733
Comments:

CasualtiesA 30-year-old man drowned on the 1st while attempting to 'tube' down the swollen Waiwhakaiho River.

CommentThe Waiwhakaiho River was at its peak in the middle of the day on the 1st, when a flash flood passed through.

Physical CharacteristicThe Waiwhakaiho River rose dramatically, rising 2.8 m.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Manawatu-Wanganui
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around the Wanganui district.

Wellington

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wellington
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Wellington.

Physical CharacteristicWellington recorded 44.6 mm (4.5 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 1st.

Marlborough

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Marlborough
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Marlborough.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Crail Bay
Map Location: -41.151321 173.970569
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicCrail Bay recorded 154 mm (15.4 cm) of rain in 15 hours on the 1st.

Tasman-Nelson

FloodingFlooding at Tasman-Nelson
Comments:

Affected LifelineRoads were closed due to flooding.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Maitai Dam
Map Location: -41.294828 173.371483
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMaitai Dam recorded 87 mm (8.7 cm) of rain on the 1st.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Nelson City
Map Location: -41.268476 173.297338
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicNelson City recorded 127 mm (12.7 cm) of rain on the 1st.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CasualtiesA 20-year-old man died after the car he was driving plunged into the swollen Maitai River in central Nelson on the 1st. The car missed the approach to Clouston Bridge.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Roding River
Map Location: -41.361718 173.280424
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicRoding River recorded 85 mm (8.5 cm) of rain on the 1st.

West Coast

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at West Coast
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain occurred around Westland.

Otago

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at St Bathans
Map Location: -44.87122 169.812565
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicSt Bathans recorded 74 mm (7.4 cm) of rain in 24 hours on the 30th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wanaka
Map Location: -44.706574 169.12357
Comments:

CommentWanaka experienced a half-hour deluge on the 30th.

Physical CharacteristicWanaka recorded 25 mm (2.5 cm) of rain in 30 minutes on the 30th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentThere were flash floods in the Wanaka region after the town's storm water system was overloaded.

ImpactFlood waters entered several homes and businesses.

Affected LifelineStreets were flooded and some roads were closed.

CommentThe flood was said to be as bad as the 1999 flood.

Southland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Southland
Comments:

CommentRainfall later spread to Fiordland.

Physical CharacteristicFiordland recorded 60 mm (6.0 cm) of rain in 24 hous on the 1st.

References

Major weather events in New Zealand, Floods and High Rainfall, Floods to 30 Sept 2005.
Major weather events in New Zealand, Floods and High Rainfall, Floods to 31 May 2006.
Major weather events in New Zealand, Floods and High Rainfall, Floods to 31st July 2006.
www.metservice, notable weather events.govt.nz.
Meteorological Society of New Zealand (Inc.) Newsletter 96, March 2004.
Headline: Rain causes havoc, eases drought.
The Nelson Mail, 2 February 2004.
Headline: River plunge fatal.
The Nelson Mail, 2 February 2004.
Headline: Rainstorms cause chaos.
The New Zealand Herald, Source: NZPA, 2 February 2004.
Headline: Flash-flood risk always there, say river experts.
The Taranaki Daily News, 2 February 2004.
Headline: Tube-ride man missing.
The Taranaki Daily News, 2 February 2004.
Headline: Chaos reigns as wet weather drops by.
The Taranaki Daily News, 3 February 2004.
Headline: Dead man had come to Taranaki to start anew.
The Taranaki Daily News 3 February 2004.
Headline: Four killed over weekend.
The Taranaki Daily News, 3 February 2004.