Taranaki police were "all hands to the pump" this morning as the New Plymouth station flooded during a surprise storm.
Acting shift commander Mark Oliver said the crew were left standing in about 20cm of water during the downpour at 3.30am.
"The troops were waiting around in a fairly decent amount of water in the charge room," Mr Oliver said.
"It was all hands to the pump, literally, trying to stop the liquid hitting the computers and making horrible sizzling noises."
The station didn't need to be evacuated and didn't hinder any duties.
"They're still operating there. They're a hardy bunch at Taranaki," Mr Oliver said.
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