Rodney Times : January 25th 2010
3 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 25, 2011 NEWS Weird weather woes By CARALISE MOORE Water block: Some residents had to sandbag their homes near the Orewa Estuary. Photo: MARILYN SHAFTOE SEVERE weather warnings lifted yesterday morning after torrential rain, high tides and high winds battered the area. Orewa Estuary broke its banks and lapped at doorsteps of nearby homes following king tides and onshore winds. Several campsites were flooded, with water close to Sandspit Holiday Park and damaging some cars parked at Sandspit. Many roads were flooded, including Weranui Rd near Wainui, Leigh Rd, Riverside Rd and Florence Ave in Orewa. Some had subsidence like South Head Rd near Helensville, Takatu Rd near Tawharanui, Pakiri Rd, Sandspit Rd, and Govan Wil- son Rd in Matakana. Trees were cleared from Brightside Rd in Stanmore Bay, Island View Drive and Okoramai Views in Gulf Har- bour, Bawden Rd in Dairy Flat, and Waiteitei Rd, Wayby Valley Rd and Whangaripo Valley Rd in Wellsford. Improvement is coming in time for Auckland Anniver- sary weekend, MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt says. There is a trough coming in from the Tasman Sea picking up remnants of the low and pushing them across the country. There is a chance of wind and rain on Saturday as it passes. But the weather should clear for next Monday. The trough may very well move the bad weather east, which will mean we may miss it completely.'' Many residents experi- enced condensation inside houses on Sunday as temperatures changed rap- idly with the wind moving from the south to the east, causing window fogging and dampness. Mr McDavitt says the dew point, used to measure humidity, rose from 18 to 24 within a few hours on the weekend. More photos P22 IN BRIEF Professional save Pilot Scott Finlayson, 43, survived with only mild hypothermia when pulled from the sea near Waipu after his helicopter crashed on Thursday. The rescue was a ''very professional save'', Northland Emergency Services Trust chairman John Bain says. Witnesses saw the helicopter flying low over the Waipu golf course, then heard a loud bang and a big splash at sea. The trust's rescue helicopter took Mr Finlayson to Whangarei Hospital, where he was released later that night. Mr Bain says five boats -- three from the Coastguard, a surf lifesaving vessel and the police launch Deodar -- were used in the search, along with the trust helicopter and an airforce P3 Orion which dropped a white smoke marker near the man holding on to debris to stay afloat. Minor injuries Four people suffered serious to minor injuries in a crash on State Highway 1 in the Dome Valley on Friday night. Miners' fund A total $235,139.66 donated by supermarket customers has been paid to the Pike River Miners' Trust Fund. The money was collected at Progressive Enterprises' supermarkets between November 25 and December 19 to support the families of the miners lost at the Pike River coal mine. Council opens the New Year with Orewa meeting The Auckland Council is starting the New Year by hit- ting the road north. Orewa will host the first governing body meeting of 2011 on Thursday at the old Rodney District Council chambers. The meeting starts at 10am Six governing body meet- ings will be rotated outside the Auckland central busi- ness district this year. We'll do that every second meeting and see how that goes, see how the local com- munities respond,'' mayor Len Brown says. If they respond well and we get good crowds, we can look at continuing it.'' Each will open with a pub- lic forum. Mr Brown is confident it won't cost any extra to rotate every second meeting around the region. Councillors and staff travel into the CBD for meetings anyway, he says. Mr Brown's looking for- ward'' to the Orewa meeting. I'll take my togs.'' Visit www.auckland council.govt.nz for information.
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