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Water, water everywhere: Katie Carthew had
to paddle back to her caravan in a kayak after
flooding forced her to leave Te Awanga Holiday
Park in the middle of the night. Water was a
metre deep in the caravan, she said.
Photo: LYNDA FORREST
Water meets water: Homes on the seafront at Waimarama completely surrounded by water.
Photo: LOWE CORPORATION RESCUE HELICOPTER
Roughing it: Jonathan Uzel and Etienne
Baratier evacuate from the van they were
using during their working holiday from France.
They were taken by the fire service to the
Haumoana School evacuation point.
The Metservice says a north-easterly
change should result in finer weather in
Hawke’s Bay for the rest of the week, giving
some respite to residents and emergency
crews after last week’s weather bomb
wreaked havoc across the district.
A total of 112 millimetres of rain was
dumped on Hastings last Tuesday and
Wednesday, resulting in residents being
evacuated from a number of coastal com-
munities and crews working around the
clock to clear road slips.
Restricted access has been restored at
Waimarama, which had been left isolated
without power or running water for days,
but the road to Ocean Beach will remain
closed for the immediate future.
At the height of last week’s emergency
the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter
flew a pregnant woman and an elderly man
from Waimarama to hospital in Hastings.
There was extensive road damage and
many properties were inundated with
water, mud and silt, requiring locals to be
evacuated to the Waimarama fire station.
The bridge at Waimarama was closed
after being damaged by floodwaters, before
a temporary bridge was erected to restore
restricted access for residents and emerg-
The coastal townships of Clifton and Te
Awanga were also left isolated, with about
100 people evacuated to Haumoana School,
some by territorial soldiers using Unimog
Many were residents at the Clifton and
Te Awanga motorcamps, which were
inundated by floodwaters.
At the start of this week there were 66
homes in Waimarama and 50 in Te Awanga
still to be given the all clear for families to
The two camping grounds at Te Awanga
and Clifton remain closed due to waste
water issues. Slips have also been identified
as an issue at the Clifton camp.
The current flooding in Hawke’s Bay is
classified as a ‘small event’ under the
Government’s Adverse Event framework –
those affected see maf.govt.nz for details.
The boil water notice remains in force in
No longer on edge
On edge: Lyall Jackson has been
forced to leave his home on Napier’s
Bluff Hill after a slip undercut the cliff,
dropping debris on to Breakwater Rd.
High hopes of returning home in the
near future have gone rapidly down-
hill for the Bluff Hill residents whose
houses are teetering on the edge of
the cliff after last week’s hillslide.
For the second time in 10 years, a
large amount of rock and dirt fell
from Lyall Jackson’s home on to
Breakwater Rd, opposite the Port of
Napier, blocking the road.
He said the slip 10 years ago saw
part of his section slide down the hill,
but it was nowhere near as big as
Mr Jackson was woken at 2am
when his security system was
‘‘I thought somebody was
ransacking my carport. I was half-
way down the stairs and the police
were knocking on the door.’’
He had lived in the house, which
has views over the port and north up
the coast, for 35 years.
‘‘I’ll be lucky to be back by
His son Ross, who lives next door,
says the families are ‘‘anchored up in
another spot’’ while engineers
checked the damage.
‘‘A big machine is coming down
from Auckland to do test drills, and
until the geo-tech report comes out
we won’t know how long things will
take. There’s not much we can do
about it, except stay positive.’’
Storm wreaks havoc
Gone: Some Central Hawke’s Bay farms have lost 70
per cent of their productive soil.
The storm that hit Hawke’s Bay last week may
have lacked the scale of 1988’s Cyclone Bola, but
it made up for it in intensity, devastating coastal
Many homes were red or yellow-stickered by
authorities, five on Napier Hill, more than 79 in
Central Hawke’s Bay, and more than 110 between
Haumoana and Waimarama.
Bola dropped rain in the hills causing devastat-
ing floods on major rivers, but last week’s storm
flooded mainly streams and tributaries, said
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council communications
manager Drew Broadley.
None of Hawke’s Bay’s major rivers topped their
stopbanks last week.
The two storm events were quite different in
nature and not usefully comparable, Mr Broadley
The term ‘‘rain bomb’’ applied to last week’s
storm was very apt, given the intensity with which
it hit the coast, he said.
It had scoured the productive layer of soil from
coastal farms, which would take a long time to
stabilise and regenerate.
One farm is reported to have lost as much as 70
per cent of its productive land in slips.
Among the buildings damaged was the historic
Aramoana wool shed, which is likely to be
demolished after being shunted a metre off its
piles by a massive slip.
Central Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence controller
Steve Thrush said residents were allowed back
into Kairakau at the weekend, although two
homes had been red-stickered because authorities
were concerned about the stability of the cliff face
behind the houses. Those residents would not be
allowed to return to their homes until authorities
were satisfied the risk had gone.
Homes had also been yellow-stickered, mainly
due to problems with septic tank and wastewater
systems which would have to be fixed before their
owners could move back.
The Earthquake Commission will help assess
damaged properties, with 124 claims already
Preliminary estimates put the cost of the dam-
age to Central Hawke’s Bay roads at about $2
million, he said.
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