Saturday, 18 July 2020

The 1 in 100 year flood


Over the last 2 days we've had torrential rain, thunder and lightning. Luckily where we are we have lots of drainage but in other places I read this morning such as Whangarei, Horeke, Kohukohu etc have had widespread flooding.

Apparently a petrol station in Whangarei was so flooded that customers and workers were trapped inside overnight due to the rising water. I watched a video a few minutes ago showing Haruru Falls in Paihia as a raging torrent of water, similar to the footage above that was filmed 6 years ago.

The amount of rainfall over Northland has been told as a 1 in a 100 year event with over 500 cubic metres of water per second at 10pm last night at the Hatea River. We are looking out on a sunny day today but the rest of the east coast is now copping it.

Some links to read more are here:
Thunderstorms across Northland
Floods trap residents
Watercare worries


8 comments:

  1. ...rain is a strange thing, you can have a draught and then floods. Take care and I hope that your area stays safe.

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  2. Wow, I've never seen Haruru falls even close to that. I can see why there is so much flooding. The Hunuas in Auckland would have been a better spot for that downpour. Keep safe.

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  3. There are very impressive, not sure I'd want to fall in though. Flooding is quite common over here

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  4. Goodness me, that is incredible! Typical though isn't it...no rain and then too much!

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  5. I heard it called a once in 500 years flood. Thought that sounded a bit extreme. Glad you are OK.

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  6. Gosh that was scary Amy, the expression it never rains but it pours comes to mind ✨

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  7. I’m glad you are OK, I didn’t know about the floods. Don’t know if that is because of poor coverage by our press or because I haven’t been following the news too carefully (because it is so awful here I can hardly stand it). Be safe!

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