27 Jan 2016

Napier building left flooded after heavy rain

12:31 pm on 27 January 2016

A Napier building has been significantly damaged after heavy rain this morning saw water coming in through the roof.

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Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The AMI Insurance building on Hastings Street is closed after the deluge hit today.

Jamie Nichol, a firefighter at the scene, said there was quite significant damage, and firefighters were still pumping water out of the basement.

One of the building's owners, Tony Smith, said there was a blocked downpipe and water came through the roof.

Fire service pumps water out of 139 Hastings Road, Napier.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The Fire Service said it had received a few calls so far as a result of flooding in Napier.

The Metservice has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most parts of the North Island from the central region up.