Extreme flooding in Auckland, New Zealand, followed near record rainfall on January 27, swamping roads and leading to an emergency declaration for the city.
Video by Christo Montes shows several dramatic scenes, including a lane of State Highway 1 overflowing with water.
Mayor Wayne Brown said the declaration would better allow emergency services to assist locals.
Newly appointed Prime Minister Chris Hipkins tweeted that “all relevant government agencies are working flat out to help in an extraordinary set of circumstances.”
Auckland’s MetService said that over 15 cm of rain fell between 9 am and 8 pm on Friday, coming close to breaking the previous rainfall record. Credit: Christo Montes via Storyful