Mudslide traps West Auckland residents after deluge hits region

West Auckland homes have been evacuated after a landslide caused fears for residents’ safety.

Three homes in Titirangi’s Grendon Rd were cleared by police on Wednesday morning after a river of mud and trees washed down a hillside.

One elderly resident objected to evacuating his “at-risk” property but had been convinced to leave, police said.

Meanwhile, residents of Landing Rd, further down the hill, were trapped in their homes by the mud.

Tony Matthews said he was woken up at 2am by his neighbour banging on his door.

“He heard a huge crash and half a hillside has come down across the driveway.”

The shared private driveway, in Landing Rd, was blocked and five houses were cut off.

Matthews said the mud slide was about ten metres high.

“It’s mostly just mud with some trees. We’re not sure how long we’ll be stuck here, no one can leave until we’ve cleared it.”

Matthews said there was no damage to houses, and “thankfully” no one was hurt.

His neighbour Felicity Farrell said they were concerned with the rain forecast for later on Wednesday afternoon.

“We can clear the mud and trees but there’s still a lot of water running down the hill,” Farrell said.

Meanwhile, west Auckland resident Richard Miller had a late-night escape to a hotel after the deluge flooded his Waima home.

“The water came in after the rain had stopped at 10pm on Tuesday. It all comes running down off the hills so we packed up the kids and took them somewhere dry,” he said.

It’s the second time his home has been flooded in three weeks.

“I’m a bit concerned what will happen today with more rain coming later.”

Properties around Auckland have been impacted by flooding with more rain forecast for Wednesday afternoon.

In the east Auckland suburb of Kohimarama a wall of mud slammed into a block of flats on Tuesday night.

Emergency services were unclear at first if all residents were accounted for, but said later that everyone was safe and well.

Police remained on the scene overnight.

Meanwhile, three properties on Auckland’s North Shore were in danger of their backyards slipping into the sea on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were looking into whether residents would need to be evacuated.

 – Stuff

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