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Police in Hawke’s Bay are out in force undertaking reassurance patrols around the flood-affected suburbs of Napier after record downpours on Monday night, with more rain forecast later today. More than 219 millimetres of rain fell between 9am and 9pm yesterday, with 60 millimetres in one hour. The storm is reported as a one-in-250-year event. Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise declared a state of emergency in the city late last night because of the widespread flooding, with residents told to shelter at home and avoid driving where possible.

Police are working alongside Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John Ambulance, NZ Army and Napier City Council in distributing information to the public about where to get help if needed, which includes an online rapid welfare referral sheet and checking on residents in flood-affected suburbs. Learn more.