Auckland Council has this morning rolled out a rapid building assessment programme, with 130 council inspectors hitting the ground in the wake of severe flooding across the region.
More than 70 Auckland Council building inspectors yesterday performed rapid impact assessments on flood-affected buildings across the city.
“These assessments have informed a full-scale scale rapid building assessment programme which commenced at 7.30am today,” the Council said in a statement this morning.
Today’s operation involves 130 council inspectors, including 15 from across the country.
“This work is supplemented by structural and geotechnical engineers. This programme will continue until all buildings in the impacted area are assessed – assessments have been carried out over 25 suburbs so it will take some time to complete,” Council said.
“While many buildings have suffered little damage, this will not be the case for all buildings. To date, nine red placards have been issued with more expected to be issued following inspections today.
“This is an important step in understanding the damage, and getting people back into their homes and buildings, where it is safe to do so.”
Meanwhile, rain is expected to move into Tāmaki Makaurau throughout today with the potential for bursts of heavy rain with impacts felt later this afternoon and overnight.
If you need help
· To report flooding, damage to drains, or stormwater issues, please log your issue online at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/report-problem.
· To report slips on private land contact the landowner, or if you are the landowner, your insurance company.
· For landslides that might affect public land, contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101. For landslides that might affect public roads, contact Auckland Transport on 09 355 3553.
· If your life is at risk, phone 111.
· If you need urgent accommodation assistance, phone us on 0800 22 22 00.
· For welfare assistance you can phone the Ministry of Social Development on 0800 400 100.
Civil Defence Centres
Those who need to evacuate and cannot stay with friends or whānau can go to a Civil Defence Centre or phone us on 0800 22 22 00.
- West: Leonards Road School, 15 Saint Leonards Road, Kelston
- North: Massey University Albany Campus, Sir Neil Walters Lecture Theatre, Massey University East Precinct, Albany Expressway SH17
- South: Mana Tukutuku, 32 Riverton Drive, Randwick Park
Bring with you any essential items you may need, e.g. medication, warm clothing, and baby items.
New community info hub opens in Māngere
A pop-up community and agency information hub will be at the Māngere Memorial Hall, 23 Domain Road, Māngere Bridge from today Sunday 29 January 2023, 11am – 3pm. Agencies and community groups, alongside Auckland Emergency Management, will be there to provide needs assessments and offer support, including accommodation if needed.