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CAT response services: Floods and landslides hit New Zealand’s Far North

New Zealand’s Far North was hit hard with a once-in-500-years storm, leaving much of Northland flooded. The worst affected areas received over 250mm of rain in 24 hours, forcing residents to evacuate their homes, farms and businesses due to flooding. The heavy rainfall also caused slips, landslides and uprooted trees, forcing road closures.

Whangarei District suffered a lot of damage and, with water draining off sodden farmland, a large slip closed a stretch of State Highway 1 through the Mangamuka Gorge. Water treatment plants were also damaged, limiting water supplies. Civil Defence Northland said some places saw significant damage with some of the repairs requiring detailed engineering and planning.

Northland expects more rain to come, triggering the possibility of additional flooding.

Sedgwick would like to ensure that our clients know we are here to help. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our property team listed below.

To report claims, contact our CAT intake center for immediate setup and assignment: P. 0800 800 270 E.

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Peter de Jager, CAT disaster manager
+64 21 779 230 |

Reid Clark, northern regional manager
+64 21 885 215 |

Sara Malins, general manager — operations
+64 21 993 052 |

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