Storms and Floods


Storms can happen any time of the year. They can bring strong winds, heavy rain or snow, thunder, lightning, tornadoes and rough seas. Storms can affect wide areas, damaging property and disrupting services. 

Click here to find out what to do before, during and after a storm 


Floods happen frequently in New Zealand and can cause a lot of damage and loss of life.

Click here to find out what to do before, during and after flooding 

Click on the image to view the live flood room


Our Civil Defence team has distributed sandbags to coastal communities around the district.

Information will be available at the locations below on how to fill and place the sandbags, or you can download a copy here.

Thames, Whangamatā, Coromandel and Mercury Bay residents please give us a call on 07 868 0200 or visit one of our Council offices to arrange collecting sandbags in advance.

For other areas, sandbags will be available from the following locations:

West Coast

  • Tapu Store
  • Te Puru Hall
  • Tararu Store
  • Waikawau Trams
  • Colville Fire Station
  • Papa Aroha campground (for use within camp)

East Coast

  • Kuaotunu Fire Station
  • Cooks Beach Fire Station
  • Whangapoua Fire Station
  • Matarangi Fire Station
  • Hahei Fire Station