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Clean-up has begun at YMCA’s Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges south of Auckland following severe flooding in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

More than 130 students, teachers and parents on school camp at the facility were safely evacuated from the site at 5am on Wednesday 8 March after rapidly rising floodwater reached their cabins.

YMCA staff and volunteers are now back at Camp Adair to mop-up and assess the damage to buildings and equipment. The cost of repairs is estimated at over $250,000.

“The floodwaters reached as high as a metre over ground height across most of the camp area,” Arvid Ditchburn, YMCA Chief Operations Officer said.

“Staff had to carry one school group of children through the floodwaters to reach safe evacuation points. The groups on site and emergency services assisting with the evacuation commended the actions of staff in supporting the emergency response.

“YMCA is deeply appreciative of the swift and efficient response of the emergency services including Civil Defence, Red Cross, NZ Army, NZ Coastguard and the Police for their assistance during and immediately post-evacuation.”

Many of the accommodation and lodge areas, including the majority of staff accommodation areas, were inundated with water. Power and wastewater systems have been affected. Power has since been reinstated and major repairs will be required to the wastewater system, swingbridge and activity equipment to make the site operational again.

The facility is expected to be closed until Saturday 18 March while YMCA makes the necessary repairs to achieve a baseline operating standard. The full extent of the clean-up and repairs may take some months to complete.

A Givealittle page has been established to assist staff affected in covering the cost of uninsured belongings. 

About YMCA’s Camp Adair
Established in 1913, Camp Adair is New Zealand’s largest and oldest outdoor residential facility. The site is an iconic destination for many Aucklanders who, as youth, are likely to have stayed at the camp on school, sporting or community group trips.

The site is owned and managed by YMCA – a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing facilities and programmes that advance youth development and strengthen families.