The Spring Tide of 1976
Many home owners were evacuated by the fire brigade. Mrs Mary Sutherland had finally been persuaded to leave only hours before her home completely split in half during the day after the Monday night storm, after which all that was left was a bedroom and kitchen. By the time the seas abated, another twenty or so houses had been placed on the endangered list. The once sandy Gold Coast beaches were littered with logs, building rubble, exposed water and sewer pipes, and the remains of what were once protective sea walls.
For the remainder of the week, the police closed off Rosetta Road to the public from Aotea Road to Poplar Avenue, while the most unstable buildings were demolished and removed from what remained of their sections.
Despite the police cordon, residents remember the traffic jam of parked cars near Aotea Road after 3pm that week as families left the cars and walked to join the crowds of sightseers getting as close as they could to witness the damage.
Residents will be familiar with the annual spring tides, with their raging winds and heavy seas. For those interested, the storm that did all this damage was recorded as being a 50 knot offshore wind to the west.