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Plimmerton residents are continuing to face a big clean-up, a day after water surged through properties in the seaside suburb north of Wellington.
Plimmerton fire chief Carl Mills said it was an exceptional event and something he hadn’t witnessed before during 25 years of service.
Plimmerton was hit by torrential rain leaving some residents ankle deep in water in their living rooms.
Flooding closed State Highway 1 from Plimmerton to Paekakariki, causing major traffic delays.
The deluge caught Plimmerton local, Hazel Kale, completely by surprise. She woke up at 8am to the flooding and left the house to check on her father, Trevor, who was trapped by the rain.
“We were just surrounded by water. We got water off the road, coming down from the hills, on to our property. So we were absolutely surrounded by water.”
He said it wasn’t the first time flooding had occurred. “We’ve had a couple the last three or four years. Next door has been flooded out two or three times now, but this is probably the worst one that we had.”
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