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ModerateJanuary 1989 Northland Cyclone Delilah ( 1989-01-06 )

30-40 years

Flooding resulting in damage equal to that wrought by Cyclone Bola inflicted on part of Northland. The cost of flood damage was over $5 million.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Duration:   4  days - Heavy rain and flooding lasted from the 6th to the 9th January 1989.
Comments:

CauseThe unseasonable weather was caused by an anti-cyclone centred over the Chatham Islands which had stopped low pressure zones from moving east and away from New Zealand.

Northland

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Northland
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedWinds were gusting up to 50 knots (92.6 km/hr) around exposed headlands off the coast.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

DamageDamage equal to that wrought by Cyclone Bola was inflicted on part of Northland.

Damage CostDamage to farms at the time of Cyclone Bola 10 months ago was assessed at an average of $45,000 ($75,100 2010 dollars). The effect of the present flood were estimated at $80,000 ($133,500 2010 dollars) a farm.

Damage CostThe cost of flood damage to farmers in Northland is estimated to be $3,500,000 ($5,839,000 2010 dollars).

CommentIt was a 30 to 40 year frequency flood.

ImpactMotor camps were flooded.

Affected LifelineSeveral roads in Northland were underwater and closed on the 6th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineSlips at either end of the Mangamuka Gorge closed State Highway 1 about 40 km south of Kaitaia on the night of the 9th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Bay of Islands
Map Location: -35.181318 174.199165
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Bay of Islands recorded 120 mm (12.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

FloodingFlooding at Kaeo
Map Location: -35.098261 173.776535
Comments:

Affected LifelineCars were unable to enter or leave Kaeo for a time.

FloodingFlooding at Kerikeri
Map Location: -35.226015 173.946775
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Stone Store Bridge was temporarily closed to traffic when the waters of the Kerikeri River started to lap the bridge at the height of the flood.

CommentThe river level dropped quickly.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Puhipuhi
Map Location: -35.480598 174.26901
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPuhipuhi catchment area (above the Hikurangi basin) recorded 415 mm (41.5 cm) of rain in four days.

FloodingFlooding at Whakapara
Map Location: -35.541332 174.277325
Comments:

ImpactTorrential rain left 180 farms near Whakapara with flood-water on them and 17 properties were severely affected.

Physical CharacteristicWater levels had been as high as three metres above the stopbanks.

AreaAbout 3000 ha of farm land in the Whakapara and Hikurangi swamp area were under water on the 8th. Loss of milk production occurred as a result.

Affected LifelineFloodwaters closed State Highway 1 at Whakapara, north of Hikurangi, in three places on the 6th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whangarei
Map Location: -35.719519 174.298397
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhangarei recorded 65 mm (6.5 cm) of rain from 9am on the 6th to 9am on the 7th. The average for the month is 86 mm (8.6 cm).

Auckland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland city
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAuckland recorded 86.3 mm (8.63 cm) of rain on the 8th. This was 28 mm (2.8 cm) more than the usual rainfall for the whole of January.

Waikato

FloodingFlooding at Waikato
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe highway over the Kaimai Ranges was reduced to one lane for several hours.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Coromandel
Map Location: -36.752548 175.508913
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain was accompanied by strong gusts of wind on the Coromandel Peninsula.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineA large slip reduced the main road from Colville to Coromandel to one lane.

References

Headline: Farmers Face $3.5 Million Flood Damage.
The New Zealand Herald, 10 January (Tuesday) 1989.
Headline: Flooding Insult Added To Holiday Injury.
The New Zealand Herald, 7 January (Saturday) 1989.
Headline: Northland Damage Said to Equal Bola.
The New Zealand Herald, 9 January (Monday) 1989.
Headline: Weather woes.
The Northern Advocate, 9 February 2007.

ModerateJanuary 1989 Northland Cyclone Delilah ( 1989-01-06 )

30-40 years

Flooding resulting in damage equal to that wrought by Cyclone Bola inflicted on part of Northland. The cost of flood damage was over $5 million.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Duration:   4  days - Heavy rain and flooding lasted from the 6th to the 9th January 1989.
Comments:

CauseThe unseasonable weather was caused by an anti-cyclone centred over the Chatham Islands which had stopped low pressure zones from moving east and away from New Zealand.

Northland

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Northland
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedWinds were gusting up to 50 knots (92.6 km/hr) around exposed headlands off the coast.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

DamageDamage equal to that wrought by Cyclone Bola was inflicted on part of Northland.

Damage CostDamage to farms at the time of Cyclone Bola 10 months ago was assessed at an average of $45,000 ($75,100 2010 dollars). The effect of the present flood were estimated at $80,000 ($133,500 2010 dollars) a farm.

Damage CostThe cost of flood damage to farmers in Northland is estimated to be $3,500,000 ($5,839,000 2010 dollars).

CommentIt was a 30 to 40 year frequency flood.

ImpactMotor camps were flooded.

Affected LifelineSeveral roads in Northland were underwater and closed on the 6th.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineSlips at either end of the Mangamuka Gorge closed State Highway 1 about 40 km south of Kaitaia on the night of the 9th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Bay of Islands
Map Location: -35.181318 174.199165
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe Bay of Islands recorded 120 mm (12.0 cm) of rain in 24 hours.

FloodingFlooding at Kaeo
Map Location: -35.098261 173.776535
Comments:

Affected LifelineCars were unable to enter or leave Kaeo for a time.

FloodingFlooding at Kerikeri
Map Location: -35.226015 173.946775
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe Stone Store Bridge was temporarily closed to traffic when the waters of the Kerikeri River started to lap the bridge at the height of the flood.

CommentThe river level dropped quickly.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Puhipuhi
Map Location: -35.480598 174.26901
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicPuhipuhi catchment area (above the Hikurangi basin) recorded 415 mm (41.5 cm) of rain in four days.

FloodingFlooding at Whakapara
Map Location: -35.541332 174.277325
Comments:

ImpactTorrential rain left 180 farms near Whakapara with flood-water on them and 17 properties were severely affected.

Physical CharacteristicWater levels had been as high as three metres above the stopbanks.

AreaAbout 3000 ha of farm land in the Whakapara and Hikurangi swamp area were under water on the 8th. Loss of milk production occurred as a result.

Affected LifelineFloodwaters closed State Highway 1 at Whakapara, north of Hikurangi, in three places on the 6th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Whangarei
Map Location: -35.719519 174.298397
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicWhangarei recorded 65 mm (6.5 cm) of rain from 9am on the 6th to 9am on the 7th. The average for the month is 86 mm (8.6 cm).

Auckland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Auckland city
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAuckland recorded 86.3 mm (8.63 cm) of rain on the 8th. This was 28 mm (2.8 cm) more than the usual rainfall for the whole of January.

Waikato

FloodingFlooding at Waikato
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe highway over the Kaimai Ranges was reduced to one lane for several hours.

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Coromandel
Map Location: -36.752548 175.508913
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain was accompanied by strong gusts of wind on the Coromandel Peninsula.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineA large slip reduced the main road from Colville to Coromandel to one lane.

References

Headline: Farmers Face $3.5 Million Flood Damage.
The New Zealand Herald, 10 January (Tuesday) 1989.
Headline: Flooding Insult Added To Holiday Injury.
The New Zealand Herald, 7 January (Saturday) 1989.
Headline: Northland Damage Said to Equal Bola.
The New Zealand Herald, 9 January (Monday) 1989.
Headline: Weather woes.
The Northern Advocate, 9 February 2007.