Swamped again

Helping hand . . . Moving items out of the flooded Hub Youth Complex in East Taieri yesterday are (from left) Connor MacKenzie (16), of Outram, Ryan Roxburgh (18), of Fairfield, Makayla Hawker (16), of Halfway Bush, Riley Gale, Aidan Nichol, Ben Hackfath (all 16), all of Mosgiel, and Jayden Standring (16), of East Taieri. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Dunedin is on track for its wettest November on record as the city begins a clean-up after flooding and slips.

Tuesday’s storm brought more than 100mm of rain to some areas, also causing road closures, forcing up manhole covers, swelling rivers and felling trees.

Among those affected was The Hub Youth Complex in Cemetery Rd, East Taieri, damaged by flooding for the third time in two years.

East Taieri Church parish manager Leanne McKinlay said floodwater from Owhiro Stream entered every room in the complex about 4pm on Tuesday.

The damage was “devastating”, Ms McKinlay said.

“This is our third flood in two years and this will be the worst. It came really fast.”

The rooms were flooded above the skirting boards, all the carpet needed to be replaced and furniture was soaking.

Mud covered wooden floors.

About 200 young people used the complex each week and many of them were on hand to help shift out furniture yesterday.

The church was insured.

MetService meteorologist Claire Flynn said 106.5mm of rainfall was recorded at Swampy Summit, west of the Northern Motorway, on Tuesday.

Another 20mm of rain was expected to fall across Dunedin for 12 hours from noon yesterday.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research climate scientist Nava Fedaeff said as of 10am yesterday, 124.7mm of rain had fallen at its Musselburgh weather station this month.

Nearly 70mm had fallen in Musselburgh since Friday.

The average November rainfall for the station is 56mm.

The wettest November on record was in 1951 when 146.4mm of rain fell in the month.

As more rain was forecast to continue from Sunday to Tuesday she expected the record to be broken.

Records began in 1918.

The Dunedin City Council warned people to stay out of floodwater and to consider it contaminated.

Wastewater had overflowed to waterways, including the Silverstream in Mosgiel and Otago Harbour.

Extensive flooding and wastewater issues had affected Middlemarch and residents were being advised not to drink water from private bores as it was likely to be contaminated.

An Otago Regional Council spokeswoman said the Taieri River at Outram peaked at 1400cumecs at 9pm on Tuesday and was receding yesterday.

The council diverted water from the river to a ponding area in Outram on Tuesday afternoon to reduce the effects of flooding on properties further down the river.