Team effort to evacuate Pukekohe rest home

Quick action by Police, FENZ, Community Patrols NZ and nearby community members saw 30 residents evacuated from a Pukekohe rest home last night as flood waters rose and threatened the facility.

Officers were called to the premises about 9pm on Friday, 27 January, where water was gushing down a driveway and into the building, putting those inside at risk.

Police had blocked off the road due to concerns about rising water levels, and staff called for vans to be brought to a safe point.

Those involved in the rescue waded through waist-deep water and brought all the residents to safety. They were transferred by van to shelter at Pukekohe Hospital.

Fortunately no-one was injured during the incident.

Counties Manukau South Area Commander Inspector Joe Hunter says he is proud of the contribution his staff have made to rescue efforts overnight.

“This is just one example of many where our staff and other emergency services, like our Fire and Emergency colleagues, have gone above and beyond in unprecedented circumstances here in Tāmaki Makaurau.

“We’re proud to be part of a group of people that work so hard in dangerous situations to ensure others are safe.

“We will continue to support our lead agencies however we can as the clean-up continues.”

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