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June 2015 New Zealand Storm ( 2015-06-18 )

A period of extreme weather affected many areas of New Zealand during the period 18-23 June. There was heavy snow in the South Island followed by severe frosts, and severe flooding in western areas of the South and North Islands.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims for the storm total $41.5 million.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 10:31 am 17-Jun-2015. SEVERE STORM OVER THE SOUTH ISLAND FROM LATE WEDNESDAY UNTIL AT LEAST EARLY FRIDAY A deepening low over the Tasman Sea should approach the South Island during Thursday and cross over the far south on Friday. This low and its associated fronts are expected to bring a period of stormy weather over parts of the South Island.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:56pm 17-Jun-2015 MAJOR WINTER STORM OVER THE SOUTH ISLAND THROUGH TO FRIDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:16am 18-Jun-2015 MAJOR WINTER STORM OVER THE SOUTH ISLAND THROUGH TO FRIDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:03pm 18-Jun-2015 SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM AFFECTING MUCH OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:10am 19-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN AND GALES FOR MANY AREAS FROM CENTRAL SOUTH ISLAND NORTHWARDS.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:43pm 19-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND SATURDAY, WITH NORTHWEST GALES ABOUT WELLINGTON AND THE WAIRARAPA.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 11:23pm 19-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND SATURDAY, WITH NORTHWEST GALES ABOUT WELLINGTON AND THE WAIRARAPA.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:26am 20-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND TODAY AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. .

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 1:06pm 20-Jun-2015 FURTHER HEAVY RAIN FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND TODAY AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. .

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:26pm 20-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND EASING OVERNIGHT SATURDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:12am 21-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND HAS EASED AND THE WARNINGS ARE LIFTED.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Manawatu-Wanganui
Comments:

Declared EmergencyA state of emergency was declared in Whanganui, Taranaki and Rangitikei.

CommentThe Manawatu-Whanganui Civil Defence Controller said the amount of water in the Whanganui River was close to being a 100-year flood event. The Whanganui River reached a record level of 9.1 metres at Town Bridge at 3am on 21 June.

Affected LifelineAt least 30 roads, both rural and urban, were closed, due to a large number of fallen trees and slips. It was thought that rural roads near Whanganui could be closed for a month or more.

Affected Lifeline Power was cut off to about 6000 properties due to a flooded substation and a large slip which brought down power lines.

Affected LifelineState Highway 3, between Whanganui and New Plymouth, and also between Bulls and Whanganui was closed for a time. The Manawatu Gorge was closed for a few days due to a number of small slips. The Pahiatua Track was also closed.

FloodingFlooding at Wanganui
Map Location: -39.932232 175.028352
Comments:

Evacuees400 people were evacuated from their homes, and 244 of them were looked after at a welfare centre which had been set up. Many people chose to leave their homes as the river spilled over its stopbanks after more than 24 hours of heavy rain.

CommentDozens of homes on the eastern side of the river were inundated by floodwaters with the Anzac Road and Putiki areas the worst affected. Businesses along Taupo Quay in the central business district were also flooded and the main bridge into the town was closed for a time because it had been hit by logs.

FloodingFlooding at Koitiata
Map Location: -40.0717 175.1403
Comments:

EvacueesArmy unimogs were used to evacuate six people from the township of Koitiata, in Rangitikei. The army evacuated people who wanted to leave but most wanted to stay with their homes. Some houses were badly flooded, and some owners lost everything.

Affected LifelineThe roads in and out of the town were closed so the residents were isolated.

FloodingFlooding at Waitotara
Map Location: -39.805670 174.726090
Comments:

EvacueesThe entire village of about 60 homes and a pub full of people were evacuated after a state of emergency was declared when heavy rain swelled the Waitotara River to dangerous levels.

FloodingFlooding at Marton
Map Location: -40.075433 175.360474
Comments:

CommentMany homes and businesses in Marton were flooded. .

CommentThirty seven greyhounds were rescued when the Kennels were flooded and the dogs were at risk of drowning.

FloodingFlooding at Whangaehu
Map Location: -40.009345 175.171274
Comments:

Affected LifelineWhangaehu was cut off by flood waters.

Wellington

FloodingFlooding at Levin
Map Location: -40.610591 175.272321
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 1 between Otaki and Levin was closed due to flooding, leaving motorists stranded. There was also flooding on roads around the Levin area

FloodingFlooding at Hutt Valley
Map Location: -41.162848 174.974804
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere was surface flooding in the Hutt Valley.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Evans Bay
Map Location: -41.30982 174.80527
Comments:

ImpactA yacht was torn from its mooring and washed up on rocks in Evans Bay.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Wainuimata Hill
Map Location: -41.258208 174.954979
Comments:

ImpactSome barrier railings were blown loose on the Wainuiomata Hill Road.

West Coast

FloodingFlooding at Hokitika
Map Location: -42.717176 170.960959
Comments:

CommentShops and homes in Hokitika were flooded after very heavy rain. The town recorded 211 mm in the 24 hours leading up to 9 am on 19 June, which was a new June record.

EvacueesFive ambulances were used to move 46 residents from their retirement home on the night of 18 June. Other West Coast residents self-evacuated, including five tourists from a Hokitika Holiday Park

Tasman-Nelson

FloodingFlooding at Golden Bay
Map Location: -40.698766 172.864683
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe temporary bridge at Young's Creek was almost 1 metre under water, stranding residents of northwestern Golden Bay past Collingwood. Almost 40 children from 20 families who live north of the bridge could not be picked up by a school bus to get to Collingwood Area School and the closure also disrupted businesses.

Canterbury

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Canterbury
Comments:

Affected Lifeline About 4500 inland Canterbury homes were without power as lines are weighed down by snow.

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Mt Somers
Map Location: -43.619696 171.375502
Comments:

Evacuees The Westpac Rescue Helicopter winched to safety five trampers who were stuck overnight at Pinnacles Hut on the Mt Somers track in mid-Canterbury due to the heavy snow.

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Mt Hutt
Map Location: -43.471387 171.526568
Comments:

Impact The Mt Hutt ski area was closed due to the avalanche risk after receiving more than 1.2 metres of snow.

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Geraldine
Map Location: -44.091062 171.227883
Comments:

Comment The Geraldine Civil Defence Area Headquarters was activated and the Timaru District Council Emergency Operations Centre advised residents in snow-affected areas to stay at home and keep warm.

CommentMost schools around Geraldine, Fairlie and Pleasant Point were closed on June 19, as the snow was 30-80 cm on the ground.

References

Headline: Power could be out overnight in Canterbury after storm.
www. stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2015.
Headline: SH1 in Kapiti closed by flooding.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2015.
Headline: Businesses wake to flooding in Hokitika.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2015.
Headline: Motorists ignore road closures as snow wreaks havoc in South Canterbury.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2015.
Headline: Extent of flooding damage unknown
www.radionz.co.nz, 21 June 2015.
Headline: Golden Bay residents stranded by flood
www.stuff.co.nz, 21 June 2015.
Headline: Central North Island swamped in weekend's deluge.
www.stuff.co.nz, 22 June 2015.
Headline: States of emergency remain in drenched lower North Island.
www.stuff.co.nz, 22 June 2015.
Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)

June 2015 New Zealand Storm ( 2015-06-18 )

A period of extreme weather affected many areas of New Zealand during the period 18-23 June. There was heavy snow in the South Island followed by severe frosts, and severe flooding in western areas of the South and North Islands.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims for the storm total $41.5 million.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 10:31 am 17-Jun-2015. SEVERE STORM OVER THE SOUTH ISLAND FROM LATE WEDNESDAY UNTIL AT LEAST EARLY FRIDAY A deepening low over the Tasman Sea should approach the South Island during Thursday and cross over the far south on Friday. This low and its associated fronts are expected to bring a period of stormy weather over parts of the South Island.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:56pm 17-Jun-2015 MAJOR WINTER STORM OVER THE SOUTH ISLAND THROUGH TO FRIDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:16am 18-Jun-2015 MAJOR WINTER STORM OVER THE SOUTH ISLAND THROUGH TO FRIDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:03pm 18-Jun-2015 SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM AFFECTING MUCH OF THE SOUTH ISLAND AND PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:10am 19-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN AND GALES FOR MANY AREAS FROM CENTRAL SOUTH ISLAND NORTHWARDS.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:43pm 19-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND SATURDAY, WITH NORTHWEST GALES ABOUT WELLINGTON AND THE WAIRARAPA.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 11:23pm 19-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND TONIGHT AND SATURDAY, WITH NORTHWEST GALES ABOUT WELLINGTON AND THE WAIRARAPA.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 9:26am 20-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH ISLAND TODAY AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. .

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 1:06pm 20-Jun-2015 FURTHER HEAVY RAIN FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND TODAY AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. .

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:26pm 20-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND EASING OVERNIGHT SATURDAY.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 7:12am 21-Jun-2015 HEAVY RAIN FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN NORTH ISLAND HAS EASED AND THE WARNINGS ARE LIFTED.

Manawatu-Wanganui

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at Manawatu-Wanganui
Comments:

Declared EmergencyA state of emergency was declared in Whanganui, Taranaki and Rangitikei.

CommentThe Manawatu-Whanganui Civil Defence Controller said the amount of water in the Whanganui River was close to being a 100-year flood event. The Whanganui River reached a record level of 9.1 metres at Town Bridge at 3am on 21 June.

Affected LifelineAt least 30 roads, both rural and urban, were closed, due to a large number of fallen trees and slips. It was thought that rural roads near Whanganui could be closed for a month or more.

Affected Lifeline Power was cut off to about 6000 properties due to a flooded substation and a large slip which brought down power lines.

Affected LifelineState Highway 3, between Whanganui and New Plymouth, and also between Bulls and Whanganui was closed for a time. The Manawatu Gorge was closed for a few days due to a number of small slips. The Pahiatua Track was also closed.

FloodingFlooding at Wanganui
Map Location: -39.932232 175.028352
Comments:

Evacuees400 people were evacuated from their homes, and 244 of them were looked after at a welfare centre which had been set up. Many people chose to leave their homes as the river spilled over its stopbanks after more than 24 hours of heavy rain.

CommentDozens of homes on the eastern side of the river were inundated by floodwaters with the Anzac Road and Putiki areas the worst affected. Businesses along Taupo Quay in the central business district were also flooded and the main bridge into the town was closed for a time because it had been hit by logs.

FloodingFlooding at Koitiata
Map Location: -40.0717 175.1403
Comments:

EvacueesArmy unimogs were used to evacuate six people from the township of Koitiata, in Rangitikei. The army evacuated people who wanted to leave but most wanted to stay with their homes. Some houses were badly flooded, and some owners lost everything.

Affected LifelineThe roads in and out of the town were closed so the residents were isolated.

FloodingFlooding at Waitotara
Map Location: -39.805670 174.726090
Comments:

EvacueesThe entire village of about 60 homes and a pub full of people were evacuated after a state of emergency was declared when heavy rain swelled the Waitotara River to dangerous levels.

FloodingFlooding at Marton
Map Location: -40.075433 175.360474
Comments:

CommentMany homes and businesses in Marton were flooded. .

CommentThirty seven greyhounds were rescued when the Kennels were flooded and the dogs were at risk of drowning.

FloodingFlooding at Whangaehu
Map Location: -40.009345 175.171274
Comments:

Affected LifelineWhangaehu was cut off by flood waters.

Wellington

FloodingFlooding at Levin
Map Location: -40.610591 175.272321
Comments:

Affected LifelineState Highway 1 between Otaki and Levin was closed due to flooding, leaving motorists stranded. There was also flooding on roads around the Levin area

FloodingFlooding at Hutt Valley
Map Location: -41.162848 174.974804
Comments:

Affected LifelineThere was surface flooding in the Hutt Valley.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Evans Bay
Map Location: -41.30982 174.80527
Comments:

ImpactA yacht was torn from its mooring and washed up on rocks in Evans Bay.

High Wind GustsHigh Wind / Gust at Wainuimata Hill
Map Location: -41.258208 174.954979
Comments:

ImpactSome barrier railings were blown loose on the Wainuiomata Hill Road.

West Coast

FloodingFlooding at Hokitika
Map Location: -42.717176 170.960959
Comments:

CommentShops and homes in Hokitika were flooded after very heavy rain. The town recorded 211 mm in the 24 hours leading up to 9 am on 19 June, which was a new June record.

EvacueesFive ambulances were used to move 46 residents from their retirement home on the night of 18 June. Other West Coast residents self-evacuated, including five tourists from a Hokitika Holiday Park

Tasman-Nelson

FloodingFlooding at Golden Bay
Map Location: -40.698766 172.864683
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe temporary bridge at Young's Creek was almost 1 metre under water, stranding residents of northwestern Golden Bay past Collingwood. Almost 40 children from 20 families who live north of the bridge could not be picked up by a school bus to get to Collingwood Area School and the closure also disrupted businesses.

Canterbury

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Canterbury
Comments:

Affected Lifeline About 4500 inland Canterbury homes were without power as lines are weighed down by snow.

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Mt Somers
Map Location: -43.619696 171.375502
Comments:

Evacuees The Westpac Rescue Helicopter winched to safety five trampers who were stuck overnight at Pinnacles Hut on the Mt Somers track in mid-Canterbury due to the heavy snow.

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Mt Hutt
Map Location: -43.471387 171.526568
Comments:

Impact The Mt Hutt ski area was closed due to the avalanche risk after receiving more than 1.2 metres of snow.

Snow / IceSnow / Ice at Geraldine
Map Location: -44.091062 171.227883
Comments:

Comment The Geraldine Civil Defence Area Headquarters was activated and the Timaru District Council Emergency Operations Centre advised residents in snow-affected areas to stay at home and keep warm.

CommentMost schools around Geraldine, Fairlie and Pleasant Point were closed on June 19, as the snow was 30-80 cm on the ground.

References

Headline: Power could be out overnight in Canterbury after storm.
www. stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2015.
Headline: SH1 in Kapiti closed by flooding.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2015.
Headline: Businesses wake to flooding in Hokitika.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2015.
Headline: Motorists ignore road closures as snow wreaks havoc in South Canterbury.
www.stuff.co.nz, 19 June 2015.
Headline: Extent of flooding damage unknown
www.radionz.co.nz, 21 June 2015.
Headline: Golden Bay residents stranded by flood
www.stuff.co.nz, 21 June 2015.
Headline: Central North Island swamped in weekend's deluge.
www.stuff.co.nz, 22 June 2015.
Headline: States of emergency remain in drenched lower North Island.
www.stuff.co.nz, 22 June 2015.
Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)