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Rain prompts warning not to swim in Wellington

Keen swimmers are warned to stay out of the sea around Wellington until pollution washed out by yesterday’s flooding settles.

Rainfall accumulation in a 24-hour period from yesterday morning until 5am today. Photo: Twitter / @MetService

Wellington City Council spokesperson Richard MacLean said the heavy rain has flush contaminants off roads and into the sea, so people should not swim for the next few days.

He said there were more than 100 phone calls to council yesterday from Wellingtonians reporting flooding yesterday.

Several landslides that disrupted traffic yesterday evening are now cleared.

MetService said up to 70mm of rain fell in Wellington in the last 24 hours, and up to 100mm in the Lower Hutt suburb of Wainuiomata.

Further north, Niwa said Whanganui had 23.6mm or rain fall in an hour yesterday, making it the wettest March hour on record since hourly records began.

RNZ