As a result, parts of the street were flooded. Several houses suffered flood damage when the water rose into ground floor rooms.
Press Release – Wellington City Council
There has been surface flooding around the CBD and surrounding suburbs. Since 9am the Council’s call centre has received about 150 calls from residents and businesses all over the city. Flooding is affecting streets in the CBD, Kilbirnie, Brooklyn, Newtown, Island Bay, Melrose, Hataitai, Lyall Bay, Wilton and Karori.
There have been reports of surface water entering a number of businesses in the CBD.
There was significant flooding in the Basin Reserve area. Morning traffic built up along Kent Terrace as far as Oriental Parade.
Manhole covers have been blown out on some roads, including Karori Road – so we urge motorists to use extreme caution and, if possible, avoid driving until the heavy rain eases.