Auckland Emergency Management EMERGENCY: A state of local emergency declared in the Auckland region due to severe weather event. - Central / South / North / West Auckland + Great Barrier Island

Saturday 28 January 2023

The declaration of state of local emergency comes into force immediately and expires in seven days.

The Auckland region has experienced widespread damage from flooding and torrential rain, with reports of slips and inundation. Infrastructure and emergency services alike have been overwhelmed by the impacts of the storm.

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Emergency Mobile Alert issued for possible localised downpours in Auckland overnight

Auckland Emergency Management has tonight issued an Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA) to provide important safety messages ahead of the potential for extremely heavy rain to hit the Auckland region.

MetService has issued an orange heavy rain warning due to an active line of thunderstorms currently sitting over the Hauraki Gulf. Between now and 7am tomorrow (Monday), this line of thunderstorms could produce localised downpours of 50-90mm of rainfall. The possibility of localised extreme downpours up to 150mm cannot be ruled out, with the larger totals likely north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
People in the area between Ōrewa/Waiwera and down to Papakura/Drury, from coast to coast including Aotea Great Barrier Island are advised to:

• Make sure you stay informed. Watch the forecast at https://www.metservice.com/
• Avoid unnecessary travel. Check road conditions if you have to travel.
• Floods and flash floods can happen quickly. Act immediately if you see rising water – do not wait for official warnings. Head for higher ground and stay away from flood water.
• Check https://www.aucklandemergencymanagement.org.nz/ for updates and information. Listen to emergency services and self-evacuate if you feel unsafe.
• If life is in danger, call 111 immediately.

Any further updates will be posted to the Auckland Emergency Management social media channels.
EMAs are delivered to phones within reach of selected cell tower locations. Given the location of this system, most of the population of Auckland will have received this EMA, though some people outside the warning area may also receive the EMA. More information on how EMAs work, including troubleshooting, is available on the Get Ready website.