City’s south coast cops worst of big storm
By Oren Oaariki and Liam Macandrew
WELLINGTON’S South Coast residents faced a big clean-up after the biggest storm in decades tore down fences, flooded houses, and ripped apart sections of the road.
Owhiro Bay (pictured above) appeared to catch the brunt of the storm: “It looked like a bomb had gone off in the middle of the road,” said resident Allen Lynch.
Large sections of the Esplanade were closed off to the public as city council workers began to shift some of the debris that had been scattered across the road.
In a show of community spirit, residents pitched in with shovels and brooms.
The road was expected to be closed for at least another 24 hours and full repairs may take some weeks, said Wellington City Council acting civil defence controller Neville Brown.
ABOVE: Owhiro Bay resident Mike Costa surveys damage from sea and storm.