Tree crushes car, traps one

Trees are causing problems in the Bay of Plenty this morning. Photo: Sam Gardner.

One person is trapped in a car in the Bay of Plenty after a tree came down on the vehicle.

The large tree fell across the intersection of Arawa and Amohia streets in Rotorua this morning.

It is a large tree that has blocked the main entrance to the hospital, says a caller to SunLive.

Police confirmed that the person is trapped.

Meanwhile in Tauranga, emergency services are stretched as the onshore winds and the high tide see flooding at low lying roads around the city.

Water making its way across Turret Road/Hairini Causeway. Photos: Bruce Barnard.

Affected roads are Turret Road and the bridge across to Hairini. Police have closed Te Puna Station Road alongside the Wairoa River.

Fire fighters are also responding to reports of flooding at Matahui Road at Te Puna.

Commons Avenue residents in Mount Maunganui are using sandbags to prevent flooding of basements.

It is the first flooding since the Tauranga City Council repaired the stormwater drains about three years ago, says one resident.

Houses near the summit on Waihi road are without power after a tree was blown across power lines.

Firefighters are also investigating reports of a tree on fire in Bellevue Road after power lines were blown down.

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