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Storm Update 3.45pm - Moa Point Road Closed

Storm Update 3.45pm - Moa Point Road to Close Overnight
18.08.04

Moa Point Road will remain closed overnight until big seas abate on Wellington's South Coast.

The route along Queens Drive and The Esplanade, between Lyall Bay and Island Bay, has reopened. It was closed just before 12 noon as waves crashed on to the roadway.

Takarau Gorge Road, between Johnsonville and Makara Beach, has reopened. It was closed by flooding about 11.00am.

Makara Road, closed earlier by slips and fallen trees, has reopened.

Takapu Road, a rural road near Tawa, has reopened after being closed by flooding, slips and fallen trees.

The Northern Landfill, near Churton Park, remains closed due to strong winds blowing debris about.

The Basin Reserve remains closed to the public. About 15 windows in the RA Vance Stand have been blown out by the southerly winds - and glass fragments have been blown out into the roadway. It is feared more windows could be blown out. People are advised to stay away from the area.

Council Parks staff have closed off the walking tracks on Tinakori Hill due to the danger caused by many falling trees.

Council Infrastructure Manager Stavros Michael says the storm appears to be steadily abating - however motorists especially should take care this evening as there is a strong likelihood that more trees and slips could fall on to roads.

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