Parts of Wellington get more than a month’s rain in one day

Lower Hutt Riverbank car park

2021-12-06 12:02:17

A number of roads around Wellington will remain closed overnight after access was blocked earlier due to heavy rain.

Meanwhile, parts of Wellington have seen more rain today than in a normal December month.

Waterfall Road and Rimu Road in Paraparaumu will remain closed until the Wharemaku Stream drops.

In Lower Hutt, Block Road, Harcourt Werry Drive, and the Riverbank Car Park will remain closed until flood waters recede.

The Hutt City Council is aiming to have them all open by 6am tomorrow morning.

Wellington Water said surface flooding on Monday afternoon was prevalent, pump stations were running at capacity and culverts were blocked, but being cleared.

A spokesperson said teams were responding to a small number of residents reporting household flooding.

Onlookers in Lower Hutt said cars were damaged from flooding of the Riverbank car park.

Lower Hutt Riverbank car park

Lower Hutt Riverbank car park on Monday afternoon.
Photo: Supplied / Matthew Finn

Hutt City Council advised people to retrieve their cars this afternoon as the Hutt River’s banks burst.

Around 10 cars remain partially submerged in the car park.

Heavy rain warnings are in place for Wellington until 9pm, and Kapiti, Horowhenua, and the Tararua Range until midnight.

MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes said the weather station in Kelburn recorded 85.8mm since 2am.

In an average December, the station would only record 83.2mm, he said

Wainuiomata recorded the most rainfall with 72mm between 3am and 9am this morning.

During the same time period Porirua has had 60.8mm, and Kelburn and Paraparaumu have received just over 50mm.

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