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January 2011 Upper North Island Storm ( 2011-01-28 )

Ex-tropical cyclone Wilma moved rapidly across the northeastern North Island on January 28 and 29, bringing very heavy rainfall and causing severe flooding and slips.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Duration:   2  days - The Northern Region Fire Communications Centre responded to more than 400 weather-related incidents (slips, road closures, trees over roads and surface flooding) throughout the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty regions during the storm.
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims totalled $19.8 million.

Northland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Northland
Comments:

EvacueesTemporary welfare shelters were set up in Northland to house about 70 people, after tropical cyclone Wilma battered the area on the night of January 28. People from Kaeo through to Kawakawa were evacuated from their homes due to rising floodwaters.

CommentAbout 280mm of torrential rain fell in the eastern hill country of Northland on January 28, This caused substantial damage to the region's road network and some water and sewage treatment plants.

Affected LifelineRoads were washed out in Moerewa, Kawakawa, Haruru Falls, Paihia, Opua and Kaeo with extensive slips across Northland.

FloodingFlooding at Paihia
Map Location: -35.284049 174.084489
Comments:

Comment Paihia's water treatment plant was damaged and residents were asked to conserve water.

FloodingFlooding at Pipiwai
Map Location: -35.619240 174.008928
Comments:

Comment In Pipiwai, firefighters used a boat to rescue a man and woman who were stuck up trees for more than three hours, due to the rising flood waters.

Auckland

FloodingFlooding at Auckland City
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

Comment In the Auckland suburb of Clevedon, a doctor paddled across floodwaters in a kayak to reach a woman on the verge of giving birth. All roads out of the area were blocked and the woman could not get to hospital. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter eventually airlifted her to Middlemore's maternity ward where she gave birth later in the day.

Comment Heavy rain caused sewage to spill into the water of some of Auckland's most popular beaches, with the council warning swimmers not to bathe at Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers until bacteria levels had subsided.

LandslideLandslide at Waiheke Island
Map Location: -36.810735 175.077389
Comments:

Comment A house collapsed when it was hit by a large slip at Onetangi, on Waiheke Island.

Waikato

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Coromandel
Map Location: -36.752541 175.509193
Comments:

Comment Heavy rain in the Coromandel overwhelmed the sewage treatment station at Awarua Point, forcing raw sewage to flow over properties and into Whangamata's harbour and estuary. People were advised not to swim in the harbour or near the estuary entrance, or to collect shellfish from the area.

Comment There were a number of slips on roads around the Coromandel Peninsula.

Peak Rainfall Very heavy rainfall was recorded in Coromandel town, with 31 mm of rain falling in an hour and 171.9 mm in a day.

Bay of Plenty

FloodingFlooding at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

Comment The Bay of Plenty District Health Board warned that people should avoid swimming in all rivers, streams and harbours for 48 hours as farm runoff may have contaminated them with sewage.

FloodingFlooding at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679532 176.173022
Comments:

Comment Sewage overflows were reported in Tauranga Harbour and residents were urged to conserve water.

LandslideLandslide at Mount Maunganui
Map Location: -37.642362 176.196022
Comments:

Comment Mt Maunganui was closed to the public after severe mud slides and landslips, resulting from the torrential rain, made the area unsafe.

References

Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)
Headline: Raw sewage overflows in Coromandel
www.nzherald.co.nz, 29 January 2011
Headline: Fierce storm batters country
www.nzherald.co.nz, 29 January 2011
Headline: Welfare shelters set up in Northland
www.nzherald.co.nz, 29 January 2011
Headline: Wilma's fury leaves heroes in wake
www.nzherald.co.nz, 30 January 2011
Headline: Cyclone Wilma hits strong in North Island
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 29 January 2011.

January 2011 Upper North Island Storm ( 2011-01-28 )

Ex-tropical cyclone Wilma moved rapidly across the northeastern North Island on January 28 and 29, bringing very heavy rainfall and causing severe flooding and slips.

North Island

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at North Island
Duration:   2  days - The Northern Region Fire Communications Centre responded to more than 400 weather-related incidents (slips, road closures, trees over roads and surface flooding) throughout the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty regions during the storm.
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims totalled $19.8 million.

Northland

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Northland
Comments:

EvacueesTemporary welfare shelters were set up in Northland to house about 70 people, after tropical cyclone Wilma battered the area on the night of January 28. People from Kaeo through to Kawakawa were evacuated from their homes due to rising floodwaters.

CommentAbout 280mm of torrential rain fell in the eastern hill country of Northland on January 28, This caused substantial damage to the region's road network and some water and sewage treatment plants.

Affected LifelineRoads were washed out in Moerewa, Kawakawa, Haruru Falls, Paihia, Opua and Kaeo with extensive slips across Northland.

FloodingFlooding at Paihia
Map Location: -35.284049 174.084489
Comments:

Comment Paihia's water treatment plant was damaged and residents were asked to conserve water.

FloodingFlooding at Pipiwai
Map Location: -35.619240 174.008928
Comments:

Comment In Pipiwai, firefighters used a boat to rescue a man and woman who were stuck up trees for more than three hours, due to the rising flood waters.

Auckland

FloodingFlooding at Auckland City
Map Location: -36.852397 174.762337
Comments:

Comment In the Auckland suburb of Clevedon, a doctor paddled across floodwaters in a kayak to reach a woman on the verge of giving birth. All roads out of the area were blocked and the woman could not get to hospital. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter eventually airlifted her to Middlemore's maternity ward where she gave birth later in the day.

Comment Heavy rain caused sewage to spill into the water of some of Auckland's most popular beaches, with the council warning swimmers not to bathe at Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers until bacteria levels had subsided.

LandslideLandslide at Waiheke Island
Map Location: -36.810735 175.077389
Comments:

Comment A house collapsed when it was hit by a large slip at Onetangi, on Waiheke Island.

Waikato

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Coromandel
Map Location: -36.752541 175.509193
Comments:

Comment Heavy rain in the Coromandel overwhelmed the sewage treatment station at Awarua Point, forcing raw sewage to flow over properties and into Whangamata's harbour and estuary. People were advised not to swim in the harbour or near the estuary entrance, or to collect shellfish from the area.

Comment There were a number of slips on roads around the Coromandel Peninsula.

Peak Rainfall Very heavy rainfall was recorded in Coromandel town, with 31 mm of rain falling in an hour and 171.9 mm in a day.

Bay of Plenty

FloodingFlooding at Bay of Plenty
Comments:

Comment The Bay of Plenty District Health Board warned that people should avoid swimming in all rivers, streams and harbours for 48 hours as farm runoff may have contaminated them with sewage.

FloodingFlooding at Tauranga
Map Location: -37.679532 176.173022
Comments:

Comment Sewage overflows were reported in Tauranga Harbour and residents were urged to conserve water.

LandslideLandslide at Mount Maunganui
Map Location: -37.642362 176.196022
Comments:

Comment Mt Maunganui was closed to the public after severe mud slides and landslips, resulting from the torrential rain, made the area unsafe.

References

Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)
Headline: Raw sewage overflows in Coromandel
www.nzherald.co.nz, 29 January 2011
Headline: Fierce storm batters country
www.nzherald.co.nz, 29 January 2011
Headline: Welfare shelters set up in Northland
www.nzherald.co.nz, 29 January 2011
Headline: Wilma's fury leaves heroes in wake
www.nzherald.co.nz, 30 January 2011
Headline: Cyclone Wilma hits strong in North Island
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 29 January 2011.