August 31, 2021
Rewiti Marae surveys flooded northwest
Residents of Auckland’s north west are cleaning up after an overnight deluge that caused the Kumeu River and other waterways to overflow.
Rewiti Marae neighbour Wikiriwhi Ratima says the marae is preparing meat packs and other supplies which will be delivered – if an open back road can be found – to the Kumeu Rugby Club in Riverhead, which has opened its doors to people flooded out of their homes.
He says it was a wild night of rain, thunder and lighting, and much of what he can see of Rewiti and Woodhill is still under water.
"All the paddocks are under water. I look out my window and there is water everywhere. I'm on top of a hill and some of our homes around here had blocked drains and stuff so we do what we do and help each other out," Mr Ratima says.
He hasn’t seen similar floods since the early 1980s, which led to the main roads and rail tracks being made higher.
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