South Auckland tornado: more than 1,200 houses, mainly in Papatoetoe and Manurewa, affected.
A Papatoetoe family whose home was damaged in yesterday’s tornado is rushing to make repairs before a new owner moves out next month.
Annelise Greenfield woke up this morning thinking âwas yesterday real or a nightmare?â.
A day earlier, she huddled in the hallway with her husband and three children and prayed as the tornado made its way to Grand Vue Drive.
“The noise was horrible, it looked like our roof was being ripped off. My 10 year old daughter thought she was going to die. She was petrified.”
The Greenfields lost part of their fence, the mailbox was at the front door, the garage door was smashed in, and the roof was damaged.
The spa pool cover has flipped over and there is glass on the patio and spa, and a girl’s car is in decline.
âThis morning it looks like a war zone again,â Annelise said.
After a night without electricity, Annelise had the immediate task today of taking her two teenage daughters to the ballet in Papakura before being signed up for surgery tomorrow.
The Greenfields also have the issue of repairing damage to their 15-year-old home before they move to a new home in Shelly Park in east Auckland and the new owner moves in.
The sale of the house became unconditional two weeks ago.
Annelise said she informed the new owner of the damage caused by the tornado. The new owner’s insurance will cover the repairs.
âShe came and looked at him and was so grateful that we still lived on the property and took the necessary steps to keep it safe,â said Annelise, whose husband is a mason.
âBesides the surgery, tearing a tornado, we have to move. It looks like it’s all at the same time,â she said.
The Greenfields were also relieved when the family’s cat, Stella, showed up last night after missing for 12 hours after the tornado.
“We were very concerned that the cat might have been trapped under some debris. It was a relief for her to come home last night,” she said.
The family spent the last night fixing tarps over their damaged roof and running a generator. Civil defense personnel knocked on their door to see if the family was okay, and members of the local Adventist church showed up with a dinner of chicken noodle soup, salad and muffins. with bananas and chocolate chips.
âI was so shocked that I couldn’t think of eating,â said Annelise, who earlier in the day had confused her family, including a 10-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, at the security.
“It looked like a plane was landing on our house. We sat in the hallway hugging each other and started praying.”
Meanwhile, Auckland Emergency Management, working with emergency response agencies and Auckland Council teams, continue to support those affected by yesterday’s tornado in Papatoetoe today and are focusing on efforts of cleaning.
Cleanup efforts in the Papatoetoe area continue with council contractors cleaning up trees and debris and organizing a new garbage collection.
A team of Auckland Council building inspectors will shortly begin inspecting the affected properties to understand the extent of the damage and ensure that hazardous buildings are checked and secured.
Auckland Council Building General Manager Ian McCormick said the team’s priority was safety.
âOur inspectors will assess buildings to let owners and residents know if their buildings can stay safe and advise on next steps. “
Auckland Emergency Management Duty Controller Parul Sood said response needs were light overnight, but teams will continue to provide social support.
“Today the focus is on continuing to assess damage in the region, coordinate a building inspection program and manage waste and debris,” she said. .
The Åtara Pool and Recreation Center Civil Defense Wellness Center (Bairds Rd Entrance) has been open since Saturday at 2 p.m. and remains available for those affected by the tornado who need assistance or assistance. So far, the center has provided temporary accommodation for two families.
An additional information center is being set up at the Allan Brewster Leisure Center, 7 Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe. Visitors to the center will be able to speak with representatives of Auckland Emergency Management, the Red Cross, the Department of Social Development and the Insurance Board for advice on financial aid and information on insurance.