Rodney Times : January 18th 2011
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Full Eye Exam Voucher FREE NZ Family Owned and Operated since 1978 Limited time offer Receive FREE SUN TINT & UV in your 2nd pair with frame purchased Includes Scratch resistant coating * All glasses have one year manufacture warranty * 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed NEWMARKET 09 522 1283 49 Remuera Rd (Opp. Dick Smith) Free Parking OREWA 09 426 5022 Hillary Square, 12 Florence Ave (next to AA Centre) Conditions: • Full eye exam fee $49 applies if no glasses purchased at the time of eye exam • Offer valid on presentation of this ad at the time of Eye Exam • Offer ends on 31st January 2011 Member of NZ Association of Optometrists $189 Progressive Lenses from FREE SUN TINT & UV HENDERSON 09 836 1731 371 Great North Road (Opp. Westfield Mall) Braced for a storm EVERYONE is on alert with a storm expected to hit tonight. A severe weather watch was issued by the MetService yesterday and Civil Defence is prepared should the situ- ation worsen. The remains of cyclones Vania and Zelia are expected to bring strong wind and rain to the Rodney region during the next few days. Butitwillnotbeasbadas rains that lashed Queensland and brought flooding to four states in Australia, MetService weather ambass- ador Bob McDavitt says. The Queensland rains happened over a period of six weeks, while this one would be over a course of 18 hours. People can expect an amount of rain they experi- enced over the Christmas period.'' The Auckland Region Emergency Management Office is monitoring the weather situation and recom- mends people listen to the radio for Civil Defence advice. Police urge drivers to be cautious. The best strategy for driv- ing in bad weather is to simply not go out, Waitemata police district road policing manager superintendent John Kelly says. Drivers should keep a close eye on deteriorating weather patterns and should only venture out if it is abso- lutely necessary.'' What to do Before a storm: Check your drains and spouting to ensure they are clear of blockages Pick up rubbish around your house that could become airborne Ensure rubbish bins are brought indoors Bring pets inside. Boaties should check their moorings Check on your neighbours In a severe storm Civil Defence recommends people stay at home and not travel unless absolutely necessary Open a window on the side of the building away from the wind to relieve pressure on the roof Close all curtains to slow down flying glass and airborne objects Stay away from doors and windows If the wind becomes destructive shelter further inside the house. A series of You Against the Storm articles was run by the Rodney Times during the past two years in conjunction with the then Rodney District Council to help residents prepare and deal with storms. Visit www.aucklandcivil defence.org.nz/Be- Prepared/'You-Against-the- Storm'-campaign/ Kiwis brave floods to help Toowoomba torrent: Chaos in Toowoomba, Queensland. Photo: KERRY BARKER By DELWYN DICKEY CONTINUED Page 3 Former Rodney residents are among those hit by the Queensland floods. And many here will know of people caught up or affec- ted by the disaster as flood- ing spreads to other Aust- ralian states. Cleaning up will take months and the flooding will have other repercussions on some food items. To see it with your own eyes is horrible,'' says Tracy Sullivan, formerly of Wark- worth, who lives in Redbank Plains near Ipswich, one of the worst-hit areas. So many people will be having nightmares for many months because they have been through terrible things,'' she says. Everybody is prepared to help anyone in need, which is awesome,'' Ms Sullivan says. It's going to take months to clean. People are stripping everything they own out on to the streets into huge piles. This will be devastating for them but they realise that even though they have lost everything they are still lucky as they are alive,'' Ms Sullivan says. I hope I never have to go through anything like this again,'' says former north- ern resident Kerry Barker, who now lives in Too- woomba. The speed of events took many by surprise, he says. Monday [last week] started like every other day for the last month -- it was raining. For an area that has been in drought for 15 years we welcomed the rain which had been getting progress- ively heavier in the last few days,'' he says. I was at work in the Toowoomba CBD and by lunchtime it was pouring down. We had something like 180mm of rain in two hours and that was on top of con- tinual rain for the previous month,'' Mr Barker says. I said to one of my staff that I was sure East Creek would be flowing well today and she asked if she could go and move her car because it was in the carpark next to the creek. Three staff went and moved their cars, two others said they would later ... big mistake. I heard sirens and went out the door at work to see a tidal wave of brown murky water rushing down the street. There was a great roar and people screaming every- where, then a car floated past, then another and another. All over town there were normal people doing superhuman things at great risk to their own lives to save others. A friend of mine and a complete stranger tied a rope around themselves and a tree and waded into chest deep water to save two people from their car that had floated 500 metres downstream. They were Sudanese refugees who have only been in Australia a short time and didn't understand any of the instructions during the rescue. The lady is due to have a baby this week. They are all now safe and sound.'' Mr Barker says he got a frantic phone call from one of his staff, a single mum who had water rushing into her house.
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