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Fallen trees and slips after southerly gales

The Wellington City Council urged drivers to take care this morning because of the southerly gales. The council received about 20 calls overnight, first because of the heavy rain and then because of the wind.

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In the past three hours or so we’ve had reports of a slip and fallen trees – and three Portaloos causing problems at the Island Bay bus terminal in Reef Street. We’ve got crews on the way to sort these situations out.

Tree down across 1 and 1/4 lanes Burma Rd near Rangoon St Johnsonville
Tree down covering both lanes Near 105 Akaroa Drive Maupuia
3 Portaloos blown on to bus terminal on road Reef St Island Bay
Slip containing tree over lane Albemarle Rd Northland

RNZ reported:

A landslip in Whitby last night damaged two properties on Moonsail Drive. The council said residents were safely evacuated by Fire and Emergency from one, and the other was unoccupied. A neighbour told RNZ the occupants of the the worst hit of the two properties had left the day before, and clay and dirt from the slip had come close to the house.

It is the second major dump of rain after torrential downpours on Sunday led to flash flooding in Plimmerton, leaving 15 houses uninhabitable.

The Wellington region had heavy falls of rain overnight with Wainuiomata recording 69.8mm of rain in the 13 hours to 7am, MetService said.

The strong wind was causing delays to some flights in and out of the capital. The 7.30am Interislander ferry from Picton to Wellington was cancelled, after the 2am sailing from Wellington was called off. The next boat was leaving Picton at 11am.

Paekakariki Hill road was closed this morning, because of a large fallen tree. It reopened at 1.15.

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  1. Rosamund, 1. December 2020, 9:47

    All the more reason for the Wellington City Council to implement the excellent Water Sensitive Urban Design plan authored within the Council some years ago and since then ignored. A waste. More trees and porous footpaths would be a first step to a more stable (!) future during an environmental crisis rather than a plan to cram more dwellings on sea level or hillsides.

  2. helene ritchie, 1. December 2020, 11:53

    I agree Rosamund! How much more concrete and asphalt, has been put down, especially but not only in the Northern suburban expansion since that excellent, professional and innovative report. It should have been so easy to make this a district plan and building code requirement.

    Without porous surfaces and with hills cleared of bush, trees and growth for developments, there will continue to be much more flooding and demand on our drainage infrastructure.