Cyclone Debbie: Aerial footage of Whakatāne under water

06/04/2017

- The Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe is being completely evacuated after the Rangitaiki River breached its bank

- Whakatāne District Council says the entire township of about 2000 was being cleared on Thursday morning, after the river's stopbanks burst near College Rd

- Welfare centres has been set up at the Firmin Lodge in Kawerau and at the Whakatāne War Memorial Hall, and buses are running from the town's fire station

- Boats are being used to rescue some residents in areas that couldn't be reached by trucks and "large number" of homes had already been flooded, the fire service says

- MetService has lifted all heavy rain warnings for the North Island. The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Debbie are expected to hit Canterbury's Banks Peninsula with 50mm to 80mm of rain on Thursday. Along with Kaikōura, the peninsula could also be hit by winds of up to 130km/h

- About 200 residents evacuated in Whanganui following floods have been allowed to return home and a state of emergency is set to be lifted at 11am

- Fears the Whanganui River would overflow in a repeat of floods in 2015 prompted early evacuations in the area on Wednesday, but water levels have subsided overnight.

By Matthew Hutching, Newshub.