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Floods in Puhoi: a day of clean-up ahead after a night of bad weather

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Puhoi village was flooded after a stream overflowed. Video / George Chappell / Molly Cullen

It will be a day of cleaning up in and around Puhoi today after heavy rains overnight caused major flooding in the area.

Emergency services responded to reports of flooding in Puhoi, around 50km north of Auckland, after overnight stormy weather.

Residents shared videos online showing major flooding in the early hours of the morning.

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One person shared footage of a police vehicle with its lights flashing near a bridge, while a cleaning truck can be seen nearby. Both vehicles are surrounded by water.

“The whole village was flooded,” he wrote.

Emergency services are responding to reports of flooding in and around Puhoi after overnight stormy weather.  Photo/George Chappell
Emergency services are responding to reports of flooding in and around Puhoi after overnight stormy weather. Photo/George Chappell

By 7:30 a.m., the water had receded, local residents reported.

A Puhoi general store staff member said his store was hit but could open this morning.

“We’re fine – just a bit of cleaning and getting ready for the day.”

She said there had been some flooding in the storage area of ​​their store, but the water had since receded and people in the village were fine.

Fire and emergency crews were called to reports a car was stuck in floodwaters in the area at 2.07am.

Two fire engines got out but had left the scene three minutes later at 2:10 a.m., a spokesperson said.

Members of a Puhoi community Facebook group reported heavy thunder and lightning, which many described as loud and very loud.

Electricity was also cut in parts of the village last night.

“Think lightning might strike something near us – took about 10 years of my life,” wrote one woman.

Another said: “Unbelievable thunder – scary for humans and dogs. On/off/on/off but now again at 8.42pm. Rain radar shows a bit more rain and thunderstorms but hopefully keep it going.”