News | Accident and Emergency
26 Jun 2017 3:34
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Accident and Emergency

    Evacuations as Waikato river overflows

    A small number of homes have been evacuated and one family rescued after a Waikato river overflowed.


    Water is expected to remain for several days in an area families were evacuated from when a Waikato river breached its stopbank.

    Police say a small number of homes near Patetonga were evacuated after the Piako River flooded on Sunday morning.

    One family was helped out by fire crews, a Fire Service spokeswoman said.

    Waikato Regional Council says more water entered ponding zones than in recorded history.

    Stopbank "overtopping" is occurring due to the exceptionally swollen state of the Piako and Waitoa rivers in eastern Waikato after high rainfall.

    Hauraki District Council civil defence confirms two houses on Tramline Rd near the Piako River self-evacuated due to surface flooding.

    The actual houses aren't affected at this stage but the families left as a precaution.

    Overtopping of stopbanks and the spilling of water to ponding areas is part of flood management in the area.

    "We can expect to see elevated water levels within the ponding areas for at least the next few days," says Rick Liefting, Waikato Regional Council's hazards team leader.

    "It's also possible further overtopping will occur into more designated ponding areas around Kaihere Road as the peak water levels work their way through the system over the next few days."

    Water levels are receding in upstream areas.

    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Accident and Emergency News
     25 Jun: One killed in Otago plane crash
     25 Jun: Fire guts abandoned psychiatric hospital
     24 Jun: NZ yachties on their way to Suva
     24 Jun: Fire at Waikato chicken plant is out
     24 Jun: Crashes in icy Southland prompt warning
     24 Jun: Quake wakes Wellington
     23 Jun: Kaikoura slip clearance reaches mid-point
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Barrett has no qualms with NZ No.15 role More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Moeraki Boulders gets speed control More...



     Today's News

    Business:
    Moeraki Boulders gets speed control 21:57

    Rugby League:
    Cherry-Evans makes Origin statement 21:47

    Rugby:
    Barrett has no qualms with NZ No.15 role 18:57

    Rugby:
    Lions tactics likely to change: Hansen 18:37

    Living & Travel:
    Pakistan oil tanker fire kills more than 120 as onlookers rush to gather leaking fuel 18:27

    Rugby League:
    Dragons v Knights, Sharks v Sea Eagles: NRL round 16 live scores, stats and commentary 18:17

    Accident and Emergency:
    One killed in Otago plane crash 18:07

    Law and Order:
    Bay of Plenty fisherman dies 18:07

    Business:
    Posties' union delivers NZ Post broadside 17:27

    Entertainment:
    Gigi Hadid has posted a sweet birthday tribute to her brother Anwar 16:57


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd