The story of a person who got into a drain to clear it during flooding last night could have had a tragic ending, says Tauranga City Council.
When drains clear suddenly, it creates suction that pulls anything in the drain inward. A person in the drain could easily get stuck and drown.
“It is absolutely not worth losing your life to save some properties from flooding,” says Wally Potts, Team Leader: Drainage Services.
“We understand people want to save property, but it can be replaced. Our message is to never enter a drain.
“If you want to clear a grate then use a rake to pull any leaves or other material free. Please do not enter flood water at drains or where any whirlpool effect is noted. Leave the drains to trained professionals who understand the risks.”
If you spot surface flooding, call Tauranga City Council on 07 577 7000.