Because roads and rail (as below) in and out of the town are cut, they are limited in supplies with water cut off. Everyone though will work hard to look after the locals and help them cope. The local marae cooked up 400kg of crayfish this morning to give people who have been evacuated breakfast.
Last night we knew that we were due a storm as well. So we had 140km winds and torrential rain, with a months worth of rain in the past 24 hours, causing floods and our city to become closed off. Luckily it stopped raining at lunchtime. Where we live is quite elevated so we don't get flooded in and although it kept mum at home, it wasn't too painful although mum did not fancy having to leave the house if there were any big shakes. Like many locals then mum went out for a short walk this afternoon and got some groceries and did a couple of chores. All the water was gone at the supermarket but most other things were all stocked up.