Auckland weather and traffic: State of Emergency declared, parts of SH1 closed

Auckland weather and traffic: State of Emergency declared, parts of SH1 closed

LIZ ALLEN

Spaghetti Junction in Auckland was at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon amid heavy rains.

While some Auckland roads remain closed, traffic across the entire city appears clear on Tuesday evening after a State of Emergency was declared.

However, unnecessary travel is still being advised against.

By 6pm,Fire and Emergency had responded over calls for help, across Auckland and Northland, mostly to do with flooding in buildings, and some reports of people trapped in their cars, in floodwaters.

The Kaeo River flooded and overflowed onto nearby State Highway 10 around 3pm, and the section between Omanu Rd and Whangaroa is closed.

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More than half of the calls were between 12pm-1pm, Fire and Emergency said. Around 100 of those were urgent.

Auckland roads appear mostly clear of congestion at 5.30pm after the city was previously gridlocked.

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Auckland roads appear mostly clear of congestion at 5.30pm after the city was previously gridlocked.

“Please avoid unnecessary travel and don’t travel through floodwater,” on-call commander for Tāmaki Makaurau, Brad Mosby, said.

“It’s difficult to judge the depth and currents during the daytime and impossible at night.”

A tow truck towing vehicles affected by the flooding on Poland Road in Wairau Valley.

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A tow truck towing vehicles affected by the flooding on Poland Road in Wairau Valley.

Waka Kotahi reported surface flooding in “many sections” of Tāmaki Makaurau’s highway system, along with several crashes. The Brynderwyn Hills and Dome Valley sections of State Highway 1 have been closed.

Both Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport are urging everyone to avoid travelling if possible, or to get home early.

Innercity traffic was gridlocked as Aucklanders headed out of the city on Tuesday afternoon.

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Innercity traffic was gridlocked as Aucklanders headed out of the city on Tuesday afternoon.

Many were also collecting children from school early, adding to the congestion.

MetService issued a severe thunderstorm watch and flooding event for Auckland, and Auckland Emergency Management sent out an emergency alert at 12.07pm.

Kaeo River had flooded and overflowed onto the nearby State Highway 10 at 3pm on Tuesday - image via the Kaeo River Webcam

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Kaeo River had flooded and overflowed onto the nearby State Highway 10 at 3pm on Tuesday – image via the Kaeo River Webcam

A State of Emergency was declared at 1pm by the council and the Government has announced it will step up support too.

With mayor Wayne Brown out of New Zealand, deputy mayor Desley Simpson is acting mayor.

Auckland Emergency Management opened a Civil Defence Centre at Te Manawa Library, 11 Kohuhu Lane, Massey for those who need shelter or help.

Waka Kotahi have closed off Wairau Park vehicle access from Tristram Ave because it’s submerged

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Waka Kotahi have closed off Wairau Park vehicle access from Tristram Ave because it’s submerged

Police are closing sections of Auckland's Northern Motorway, near Esmonde Rd. Traffic is being diverted through Takapuna.

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Police are closing sections of Auckland’s Northern Motorway, near Esmonde Rd. Traffic is being diverted through Takapuna.

Auckland Road closures as of 7.30pm

  • Coliseum Drive, Albany
  • Weranui Road, Wainui
  • Brixton Road, Manly
  • Oteha Valley Road, Albany
  • Ihumatao Road, Mangere
  • Hendry Avenue, Hillsborough
  • South-Eastern Highway, Mt Wellington
  • Forge Road, Mt Wellington
  • Sunnyside Road, Coasteville
  • Whittaker Road, Warkworth

Buses, ferries cancelled or delayed

  • Currently impacted routes:131, 133, 138, 146, 14T, 14W, 134, 154, 83, 861, 856, 24B, NX1, NX2, 866, 801, 814, 843, 942, 998, 75, TMK, 372, 373, 744, 774, 775, 501, 502, 50A, 986, 126, 917.
  • Coliseum Drive, Albany southbound is currently closed due to flooding. Buses will require detours around the impacted area.
  • Waiheke Island’s 501, 502 and 50A Waiheke bus services have been reinstated.
  • Northern Busway will be fully closed between Akoranga Station and Smales Farm Station tonight for emergency maintenance works due to flood damage. Buses to follow detour between 21:00 tonight and 05:00 Wednesday morning. No stops missed.
  • All remaining Pine Harbour ferries have been cancelled for the rest of the day. Replacement buses will run from Queens Wharf at 16:00, 17:00 and 18:00.
  • The following services are replaced by taxis
    • Downtown to Hobsonville & Beach Haven: 19:45
    • Hobsonville to Beach Haven: 20:15
    • Beach Haven to Hobsonville & Downtown: 20:20
    • Hobsonville to Downtown: 20:25
  • Services on the Northern Busway are running slower than usual because of damage to a section of busway near Akoranga Station which is now down to one lane.

Trains cancelled or reduced

  • Train services have resumed on the Southern and Western lines, but they are running at “significantly lower speeds” than usual.

Surface flooding on motorways

  • SH1 between Warkworth and Wellsford (Byrnderwyn Hills) is closed.
  • SH1 between Warkworth and Wellsford (Dome Valley) is closed

“We have also reminded our bus drivers this morning of the importance of following diversions put in place and to not drive through floodwaters themselves,” Auckland Transport’s general manager of safety, Stacey van der Putten said.

Annabelle Temperton

Auckland Transport bus driver drives through floodwaters on Bellringer and Kemp Rd in Massey, West Auckland

Meanwhile, a video footage emerged of an Auckland bus driver driving through floodwaters in West Auckland’s Massey area.

The video, shared by Massey resident Annabelle Temperton, shows the bus making its way down bottom of Bellringer Rd in Massey.

Auckland Transport’s travel alerts Twitter feed has the latest on which routes have been changed or cancelled.

Auckland Transport said slip sites across the city have been made “as safe and secure as possible and will continue to be monitored through this weather event”.

Residents attempt to unblock drains on Convair Cres, Mangere, as high tide sweeps in complicating matters

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Residents attempt to unblock drains on Convair Cres, Mangere, as high tide sweeps in complicating matters

“Hotspots have been inspected to ensure that drainage systems are open and operating to their capacity; We are in close contact with the Auckland Emergency Management team.”

Meanwhile, at Auckland Airport, a spokesperson has said there are sandbags, sucker trucks and pumps on standby, ready to be used in the event of excess water.

”Auckland Airport operations continue to run as normal. Travellers are encouraged to check their airline app or website for any information about flight disruptions.”

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