9 Mar 2017

Hikuai man and young daughter evacuate floods in Kayak

From Morning Report, 7:17 am on 9 March 2017

Neil Lamb and his five year old daughter Tilley who had to escape the flood waters in a kayak.

"The outdoor kitchen got a bit damp too"

"The outdoor kitchen got a bit damp too" Photo: Supplied - Neil Lamb

They live in Hikuai at the base of the Coromandel- about five kilometres south of Tairua and Pauanui - which were cut off overnight.

Talking to Morning Report last night he said "I woke up in the pitch black and the noise on the roof of where I live was deafening. I went to slide out of bed and the water was literally three or four inches below the top of my mattress".

Flooding in Neil Lamb's Coromandel home.

Neil Lamb's home and van were left stranded by the floods. Photo: Supplied / Neil Lamb