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ModerateJuly 2008 Nelson Flooding ( 2008-07-11 )

Heavy rain caused flooding in Nelson on the morning of the 11th and also on lower North Island roads overnight and on the 12th.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain and strong winds hit western areas of the country on the night of the 11th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedMetService reported that wind gusts along the east coasts of the North and South Islands reached 120 km/hr.

DurationFrom the 11th till the 12th of July.

Taranaki

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mt Taranaki
Map Location: -39.29609 174.063809
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe area around Mt Taranaki received 100 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on the 12th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at New Plymouth Airport
Map Location: -39.005152 174.169146
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMetService recorded winds of up to 38 knots (70.4 km/hr) at New Plymouth Airport on the night of the 11th.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Port Taranaki
Map Location: -39.056236 174.03947
Comments:

DamageA 15-m fishing boat broke free from its mooring in Port Taranaki marina in heavy swells and strong, gusty winds and ended up high and dry on Ngamotu Beach in early morning on the 12th. It suffered major hull damage from smashing on to rocks and had to be lifted off the sand with cranes.

ImpactA ship coming into Port Taranaki on the 12th lost 3 containers over the side as it rolled in heavy swells.

Manawatu-Wanganui

LandslideLandslide at Ratana
Map Location: -40.040739 175.178729
Comments:

CommentA slip partially blocked the northbound lane on SH3 near Ratana, south of Wanganui.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wanganui
Map Location: -39.932457 175.028359
Comments:

CommentHeavy rainfall over 18 hours swelled the Whanganui River on the 12th.

Wellington

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lower Hutt
Map Location: -41.216682 174.93377
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicLower Hutt received 26 mm of rain between 4am and 6am on the 12th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentOn the 12th there was severe surface flooding on the Western Hutt Road (SH2) in the northbound lanes between Normandale lights and Normandale.

FloodingFlooding at Ngauranga
Map Location: -41.2418 174.814882
Comments:

CommentThere was flooding on SH1 at Ngauranga Gorge.

LandslideLandslide at Pukerua Bay
Map Location: -41.033011 174.874585
Comments:

ImpactHeavy rain caused a large slip on SH1 at Pukerua Bay, just south of the Whenua Tapu exit. The slip caused traffic delays on southbound lanes and was responsible for a crash, but there were no injuries.

FloodingFlooding at Ration Point
Map Location: -41.098208 174.908579
Comments:

Affected LifelineSevere surface flooding on Grays Road near Motukaraka Point closed the road on the 12th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Trentham
Map Location: -41.136395 175.045794
Comments:

ImpactThe Wellington Racing Club's meeting at Trentham was abondoned because of surface water on the track.

Tasman-Nelson

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tasman-Nelson
Comments:

CauseA northwestern front had concentrated heavy rain in a line stretching across Tasman Bay to Takaka.

FloodingFlooding at Motueka
Map Location: -41.10406 173.020526
Comments:

CommentMotueka had surface flooding but no major problems.

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

Physical CharacteristicUp to 75 mm of rain fell in Nelson on the 11th, most of it between 7am and 9am.

Physical Characteristic32 mm of rain fell at Nelson Airport on the mornig of the 11th.

Physical CharacteristicNelson city received 35 mm of rain in 1 hour from 8am on the 11th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactHomes and garages in Nelson were flooded following heavy rain in the city. Washignton Rd was one of the worst hit areas, with rain flooding several garages.

Physical CharacteristicOne resident of Washington Rd said water was about 40 cm deep in her garage, and was also in an adjacent lounge room.

CommentNelson City Council received more than 100 calls from householders about flooding problems. The Nelson Fire Service received more than 20 calls between 8am and 10am, mostly from residents whose houses or garages were flooded.

InjuriesA man in Brittania Heights slipped on his roof in the rain, injuring his back, while attempting to clear a gutter. He slid down the roof, grabbing the edge of it, before he was left dangling over a two-storey drop. He was rescued by a passing motorist.

CommentThere were reports of flooding in Selwyn Pl, Totara St, Vanguard St, Brougham St, Bronte St, Nile St, King St, Hastings St, Russell St, Retone St and Lucas Tce. The sheer volume of water popped several road manhole covers.

Affected LifelineMilton St, Weka St, Motueka St and Hay St plus part of Rutherford St were closed due to flooding on the morning of the 11th.

DamageShops in the Marble Arch Arcade off Buxton Square in the central city were flooded with 3 cm of water. In the shop GGS, stock and a juke box were wrecked and carpets had to be dried out. The Amsterdam Cheese Shop opened an hour late after 5 cm of water flooded the shop and $300 worth of stock was lost.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineSH6 (Rocks Road), the main road into Nelson from the south, was closed by a large slip just before 9am on the 11th. The slip occurred at Magazine Point and left "boulders larger than cars" blocking the road. The road was completely closed for 20 minutes, then one lane was reopened to allow trucks through. It completely reopened at 4pm.

FloodingFlooding at Takaka
Map Location: -40.854185 172.800216
Comments:

CommentTakaka had surface flooding but no major problems.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThe heaviest rainfall was recorded in Takaka.

Southland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Milford Sound
Map Location: -44.673307 167.929617
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMilford Sound received 60 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on the 12th.

References

Headline: Flooding in Nelson, streets closed.
www.radionz.co.nz, 11 July 2008, 11:18am.
Headline: Flooding in Nelson, streets closed.
www.radionz.co.nz, 11 July 2008, 1:20pm.
Headline: Slip and flooding in Nelson.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 11 July 2008.
Headline: Boulders tumble onto Rocks Rd.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Nelson Mail, 11 July 2008.
Headline: Downpours cause flooding, sewage leak and landslide.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Nelson Mail, 12 July 2008.
Headline: Rescuer saves man dangling from roof.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 12 July 2008.
Headline: Rain, gales in western areas.
www.radionz.co.nz, 12 July 2008, 6:53am.
Headline: Weirdly warm weather in Kaikoura - at 1am.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 12 July 2008.
Headline: Flooding and slips make driving difficult in lower NI.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 12 July 2008.
Headline: On the beach.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 14 July 2008.
Headline: Ship loses containers overboard.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 14 July 2008.
Headline: Huntly man's fishing boat holed on Taranaki coast.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Waikato Times, 15 July 2008.

ModerateJuly 2008 Nelson Flooding ( 2008-07-11 )

Heavy rain caused flooding in Nelson on the morning of the 11th and also on lower North Island roads overnight and on the 12th.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

CommentHeavy rain and strong winds hit western areas of the country on the night of the 11th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust
Comments:

Peak Wind SpeedMetService reported that wind gusts along the east coasts of the North and South Islands reached 120 km/hr.

DurationFrom the 11th till the 12th of July.

Taranaki

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Mt Taranaki
Map Location: -39.29609 174.063809
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicThe area around Mt Taranaki received 100 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on the 12th.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at New Plymouth Airport
Map Location: -39.005152 174.169146
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMetService recorded winds of up to 38 knots (70.4 km/hr) at New Plymouth Airport on the night of the 11th.

Maritime / CoastalMaritime / Coastal at Port Taranaki
Map Location: -39.056236 174.03947
Comments:

DamageA 15-m fishing boat broke free from its mooring in Port Taranaki marina in heavy swells and strong, gusty winds and ended up high and dry on Ngamotu Beach in early morning on the 12th. It suffered major hull damage from smashing on to rocks and had to be lifted off the sand with cranes.

ImpactA ship coming into Port Taranaki on the 12th lost 3 containers over the side as it rolled in heavy swells.

Manawatu-Wanganui

LandslideLandslide at Ratana
Map Location: -40.040739 175.178729
Comments:

CommentA slip partially blocked the northbound lane on SH3 near Ratana, south of Wanganui.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Wanganui
Map Location: -39.932457 175.028359
Comments:

CommentHeavy rainfall over 18 hours swelled the Whanganui River on the 12th.

Wellington

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Lower Hutt
Map Location: -41.216682 174.93377
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicLower Hutt received 26 mm of rain between 4am and 6am on the 12th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

CommentOn the 12th there was severe surface flooding on the Western Hutt Road (SH2) in the northbound lanes between Normandale lights and Normandale.

FloodingFlooding at Ngauranga
Map Location: -41.2418 174.814882
Comments:

CommentThere was flooding on SH1 at Ngauranga Gorge.

LandslideLandslide at Pukerua Bay
Map Location: -41.033011 174.874585
Comments:

ImpactHeavy rain caused a large slip on SH1 at Pukerua Bay, just south of the Whenua Tapu exit. The slip caused traffic delays on southbound lanes and was responsible for a crash, but there were no injuries.

FloodingFlooding at Ration Point
Map Location: -41.098208 174.908579
Comments:

Affected LifelineSevere surface flooding on Grays Road near Motukaraka Point closed the road on the 12th.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Trentham
Map Location: -41.136395 175.045794
Comments:

ImpactThe Wellington Racing Club's meeting at Trentham was abondoned because of surface water on the track.

Tasman-Nelson

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Tasman-Nelson
Comments:

CauseA northwestern front had concentrated heavy rain in a line stretching across Tasman Bay to Takaka.

FloodingFlooding at Motueka
Map Location: -41.10406 173.020526
Comments:

CommentMotueka had surface flooding but no major problems.

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

Physical CharacteristicUp to 75 mm of rain fell in Nelson on the 11th, most of it between 7am and 9am.

Physical Characteristic32 mm of rain fell at Nelson Airport on the mornig of the 11th.

Physical CharacteristicNelson city received 35 mm of rain in 1 hour from 8am on the 11th.

FloodingFlooding
Comments:

ImpactHomes and garages in Nelson were flooded following heavy rain in the city. Washignton Rd was one of the worst hit areas, with rain flooding several garages.

Physical CharacteristicOne resident of Washington Rd said water was about 40 cm deep in her garage, and was also in an adjacent lounge room.

CommentNelson City Council received more than 100 calls from householders about flooding problems. The Nelson Fire Service received more than 20 calls between 8am and 10am, mostly from residents whose houses or garages were flooded.

InjuriesA man in Brittania Heights slipped on his roof in the rain, injuring his back, while attempting to clear a gutter. He slid down the roof, grabbing the edge of it, before he was left dangling over a two-storey drop. He was rescued by a passing motorist.

CommentThere were reports of flooding in Selwyn Pl, Totara St, Vanguard St, Brougham St, Bronte St, Nile St, King St, Hastings St, Russell St, Retone St and Lucas Tce. The sheer volume of water popped several road manhole covers.

Affected LifelineMilton St, Weka St, Motueka St and Hay St plus part of Rutherford St were closed due to flooding on the morning of the 11th.

DamageShops in the Marble Arch Arcade off Buxton Square in the central city were flooded with 3 cm of water. In the shop GGS, stock and a juke box were wrecked and carpets had to be dried out. The Amsterdam Cheese Shop opened an hour late after 5 cm of water flooded the shop and $300 worth of stock was lost.

LandslideLandslide
Comments:

Affected LifelineSH6 (Rocks Road), the main road into Nelson from the south, was closed by a large slip just before 9am on the 11th. The slip occurred at Magazine Point and left "boulders larger than cars" blocking the road. The road was completely closed for 20 minutes, then one lane was reopened to allow trucks through. It completely reopened at 4pm.

FloodingFlooding at Takaka
Map Location: -40.854185 172.800216
Comments:

CommentTakaka had surface flooding but no major problems.

Heavy RainHeavy Rain
Comments:

CommentThe heaviest rainfall was recorded in Takaka.

Southland

Heavy RainHeavy Rain at Milford Sound
Map Location: -44.673307 167.929617
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicMilford Sound received 60 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on the 12th.

References

Headline: Flooding in Nelson, streets closed.
www.radionz.co.nz, 11 July 2008, 11:18am.
Headline: Flooding in Nelson, streets closed.
www.radionz.co.nz, 11 July 2008, 1:20pm.
Headline: Slip and flooding in Nelson.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 11 July 2008.
Headline: Boulders tumble onto Rocks Rd.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Nelson Mail, 11 July 2008.
Headline: Downpours cause flooding, sewage leak and landslide.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Nelson Mail, 12 July 2008.
Headline: Rescuer saves man dangling from roof.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: The Press, 12 July 2008.
Headline: Rain, gales in western areas.
www.radionz.co.nz, 12 July 2008, 6:53am.
Headline: Weirdly warm weather in Kaikoura - at 1am.
www.nzherald.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 12 July 2008.
Headline: Flooding and slips make driving difficult in lower NI.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: NZPA, 12 July 2008.
Headline: On the beach.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 14 July 2008.
Headline: Ship loses containers overboard.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Taranaki Daily News, 14 July 2008.
Headline: Huntly man's fishing boat holed on Taranaki coast.
www.stuff.co.nz, Source: Waikato Times, 15 July 2008.