A state of emergency has been declared in the outer Rotorua suburb of Ngongotaha, on the western shore of Lake Rotorua.
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick made the call after being advised that it was the best approach by Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
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More rainfall is anticipated before the morning - and with nightfall fast approaching, Ms Chadwick made the decision to declare a state of emergency at 5:30pm.
"I urge those in Ngongotaha affected by floods to go with emergency services," she said in a statement.
"[They] will ensure their safe passage to the emergency welfare centre at the Energy Events Centre, where they will receive the support they need."
A nearby river has breached its banks, which has seen some properties in Rotorua experience some serious flooding.
Emergency services are currently in the area with four-wheel drives and the Rotorua Duck Tours buses, picking up those trapped in their homes and transporting them to safety.
Rotorua Lakes Council advice for those evacuating:
- Stay in your homes until someone is able to get to you. If you need urgent help contact Council on (07) 348 4199 as soon as possible.
- Be prepared: have a small bag with essential items ready to go. This includes any medication or identification that you may need.\Animal Control is ready at the emergency welfare centre ready to assess and animals that also need evacuating.
- Evacuation is for your own safety. Please comply with instructions from emergency service officers.