8 Mar 2015

Weather set to improve across the country

12:46 pm on 8 March 2015

A wild two days of weather looks set to come to an end today with MetService forecasting mostly dry conditions for the country.

The weather changes from a northerly to a southerly in Wellington.

Photo: John Law / MetService

Thunderstorms brought 10 millimetres of rain to Wellington in a two-hour period yesterday, flooding properties and roads.

It prompted more than 30 calls to the Fire Service and more than 100 to the Wellington City Council, mostly about flooding to properties.

Taranaki, Taupo, Marlborough, Westland, the Canterbury plains and North Otago were also hit by storms.

MetService meteorologist Emma Blades says showers will hang around the west side of the North Island this morning, but clear in the east.

She says the South Island is looking much better.

"Those winds are going to ease, there will be a few little showers hanging on through Buller, the Nelson regions and also through to Canterbury plains, Christchurch, Southland and Otago."

Owners of flood-damaged Wellington properties start clean up

A clean-up gets underway today for the owners of homes damaged in Wellington's sudden downpour.

The Fire Service pumped out numerous flooded properties, particularly in the northern suburbs of Johnsonville and Churton Park.

There was flooding on State Highway 1 at Johnsonville and Newlands, and State Highway 2 at Horokiwi.

Karori resident Phil Darkins, said his neighbour's garage and downstairs bedrooms were flooded.

He said neighbours used buckets and wheelbarrows to help clear the water before the Fire Service arrived and pumped it all out.

Full rail services have also resumed on the Johnsonville line after a slip yesterday forced KiwiRail to suspend trains between Johnsonville and Khandallah.

Meanwhile, Wellington's music festival Homegrown is going ahead today after it was postponed yesterday due to the heavy rain.

Damaged rail line expected to be repaired

KiwiRail hopes to have repaired a damaged rail line in Buller Gorge by tomorrow if the weather is clear.

The stabilising rocks below the line, which is used for coal shipments, washed away in heavy rain on Friday.

A spokesperson for KiwiRail said it was a big job, with crews needing to transport replacement ballast to the site.

The TranzAlpine service between Greymouth and Christchurch, runs on a separate line and was not affected.

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