But, just in the nick of time, workers had dug out and deepened the Avatiu stream in the previous couple of days. That means yesterday’s torrential rain and debris flowed unimpeded to the sea, rather than backing up and inundating nearby land.
And one business has found a silver lining in the storm clouds. CIPS Electronics was flooded two weeks ago, and had to move stock to safety.
Today, it is advertising a 50 per cent off sale for stock that was safely recovered from the floods.