The city council called Napier's flooding a one-in-250-year event.
The incident happened at 2am on Sunday.
More than 100 homes are currently uninhabitable.
"We might not have got there as it felt like the water was seeping into the car."
"It will do more good than harm for most of us."
"This is a scary report that shows how quickly the climate crisis is coming at us."
The small communities around Te Awanga and Haumoana often have brown water flowing from their taps.
One of the largest events on the Hawke's Bay calendar has had to make big changes in order to survive COVID-19.
"It's very unsettling to hear people think wildlife is there for their own amusement."