Flooding is Auckland’s most common natural hazard. Nationally, it is the number one hazard in terms of frequency, losses and declared civil defence emergencies.
Floods are usually the result of continuous heavy rainfall overwhelming the capacity of natural or designed drainage systems but can also be caused by coastal inundation or even tsunami. They become dangerous if:
Floods can cause injury and loss of life, local evacuations, damage to property and lifeline utility disruption. They can isolate communities, cause stock loss and contaminate waterways.
Weather systems are monitored by MetService. MetService is responsible for issuing weather advisories and warnings.
What do I need to do to be ready?
If you find your home or property lies within an area that may be affected by flooding, you can take some steps to help protect yourself and your belongings.
During an event listen to the radio and follow the instructions of emergency services.
After a flood ensure you're safe to return home (if you've left). Here are some things you might consider: