With more heavy rain expected today and tomorrow as a result of the remnants of Cyclone Debbie, the Insurance Council of NZ is urging people in the North Island to be prepared for flooding.
Central New Zealand is on high alert with forecasters predicting some areas will get three times April’s normal rainfall in just 48 hours and severe Weather Warnings and Watches have been issued.
“This will be a significant and a high impact event,” says MetService Forecaster Cameron Coutts, “with extremely large rainfall amounts for some, which could cause flooding. For the already soggy regions in the north of the North Island, land-slips are a real possibility following on from an extremely wet March.”
The Insurance Council of NZ is urging people in the North Island to be prepared for flooding.
“We want to help communities to reduce the risks they face. If you can get as much of your home contents out of harm’s way, secure heavy outdoor objects and park vehicles in garages if possible” said Tim Grafton Insurance Council Chief Executive.
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“Taking photographic evidence of the flooding and damage to your property will help with your claims assessment and if you need to move damaged or contaminated goods from your house for health and safety reasons” Grafton said.
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected in many areas, especially from Tuesday to Thursday with the highest rainfall accumulations are likely to be in the central and lower North Island and the upper South Island, but everywhere has the potential to see heavy rain at some point.