Flooding in West Auckland: Residents spend their morning saving farm animals and their belongings

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Residents are being evacuated in parts of West Auckland as the savage weather causes severe flooding in parts of the city. Video / Hayden Woodward / Eloise Maingay / Dean Purcell

“WE ARE TAKEN TO THE LIMIT”

A West Auckland man was trapped on the second floor of his house after swimming three horses up the stairs to safety when his house was flooded on Kumeū’s second wettest day.

The Huapai man, who lives on Matua Rd, posted on the local Facebook page early Tuesday morning, saying the family had lost everything.

“We pushed ourselves to the limit to swim horses and raise them to the second level of our house.

“We have lost all of our cars. All of our belongings, everything is gone.

Locals brought hay and tidal horse feed on three scruffy horses stuck upstairs at a property in Huapai.  Photo / Facebook
Locals brought hay and tidal horse feed on three scruffy horses stuck upstairs at a property in Huapai. Photo / Facebook

“Fortunately, we were able to get the kids out on the jet ski, which is the most important thing.”

They had made their way to the last pony that had disappeared. “She’s absolutely ass fucked and barely made it.”

Crushed on the top floor with three horses, two dogs and four puppies, he begged anyone who had hay or dog food to bring him.

ANIMAL RESCUE

While some residents spent Tuesday cleaning up, Samantha Mason also spent her time saving animals.

Mason had to wade through the water to save piglets from a flooded farm in Waimauku.

She put them in her jacket and brought them home. She said she saved around 20 piglets, some under a week old. Some did not survive.

Stock sheltering in the highlands at Woodhill near Kumeu.  Photo / Brett Phibbs
Stock sheltering in the highlands at Woodhill near Kumeu. Photo / Brett Phibbs

“DO ALL WE CAN”

A family with a young baby was rescued from their property near Kumeū on an inflatable lifeboat after the flood.

The water lapped down the slides at the ranch at Hayley and Dylan’s single-story property, and they were left without power or potable water.

The water was lapping at Hayley and Dylan's doors and they had no electricity or water.  Photo / Supplied
The water was lapping at Hayley and Dylan’s doors and they had no electricity or water. Photo / Supplied

Resident Briar Dunn told the Herald she would pick them up and drive them to the police station before taking them to meet her mother, who was parked across the floodwaters and could not pass.

“They let me drop their address because you couldn’t see their mailbox,” Dunn said.

Dunn and his family had offered to help with the rescue efforts, using their vehicles and jet skis. Their house was not affected, but their farm was.

“We ourselves are inundated. We live on a farm just outside of town and we’re underwater, but there’s nothing I can do until the water goes out so panic.

“We’re right over there doing whatever we can.”

“SHE LOST EVERYTHING”
Tania Dicks-Maurice and her 25 foster dogs lost everything after her house was flooded.

“She lost everything in the flood, her house, her supplies, her pet supplies and her furniture. Her son’s car he saved up for fell apart,” fellow resident Madison Adolph told the Herald .

“She has lived in her house for 12 years and nothing like this has happened,” she said.

“WE BETTER PREPARE TO GO”
Henderson resident Peter Lee told the Herald he woke up around 12:30 p.m. to the sound of his bubbling toilet.

“I thought to myself what the hell is this?

“I looked and he [water] was high so I woke up the wife and the kids and thought we better get ready to go. “

As the family began to leave their property, Lee said the water had risen a meter – and was “crotch deep.”

Peter Lee and his wife's Henderson home and cattery were flooded after heavy rains.  Photo / Supplied
Peter Lee and his wife’s Henderson home and cattery were flooded after heavy rains. Photo / Supplied

Lee and his wife also own a cattery and were able to safely evacuate the four cats currently staying there.

The family left their flooded home in the early hours of the morning but said “everything is damaged”.

WATER TO KNEES
Karekare resident Peter King was on his computer late last night inside his house where he has lived for the past ten years when he heard an unusual roar outside.

It was a shocking sight outside. The generally gentle stream near the property had overflowed and was a short walk from his house.

“It was only a matter of minutes and it was knee-deep,” her daughter said today as her father returned to the rental property to assess the damage.

Among the lost items were his precious tools.

King spent the night sheltering with a neighbor. He will stay on his daughter’s couch for the time being, but hopes the city can find a more permanent solution for him soon.

It has been a traumatic day, but there are others worse off than him, his daughter said.


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