Body Found In Petone Floodwaters

Publish Date
Thursday, 14 May 2015, 8:08PM

An elderly man has died in today's flooding in Wellington.

Police said the body of the 80-year-old man was found near a car submerged in water, with its keys in the ignition, in the Lower Hutt suburb of Petone.

The man was found late this afternoon, hours after the car was found near Sladden Park, Bracken St.

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Police said officers searched the area and found the man's body in flooded water near his vehicle.

There were no suspicious circumstances relating to his death.

Police were working to notify next of kin and the death had been referred to the coroner.

Meanwhile, police said all motorists should take extra care and expect delays as conditions were "still treacherous with extensive flooding in many areas" around Wellington.