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Wairarapa flood event – update no. 3

News release

3.00pm, 5 July 2006


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Wairarapa flood event – update no. 3

Greater Wellington staff is closely monitoring river levels following widespread flooding throughout Wairarapa since last night, particularly in south eastern areas. Civil Defence centres have been activated in South Wairarapa and Masterton. Local councils are continuously assessing roads. The public are advised to contact their local district council office for more detailed information on road closures. Information is also available online at www.wrcdemg.govt.nz

Masterton District Council 06 378 9666

Carterton District Council 06 379 6626

South Wairarapa District Council 06 306 9611

In Masterton district many roads are still closed especially in rural areas due to slips and flooded streams. Some houses are affected due to sewage contaminated stream waters.

In Carterton district there is surface flooding in several places and several road closures. One house has been evacuated due to sewage contamination.

In South Wairarapa district four houses close to the Rumahanga River have been self-evacuated.

Drivers are urged to take extreme care on all roads and to drive to conditions.


Current road closures include:

Carterton District

Road / Location Status Time Updated Comments

Admiral Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Belvedere Rd near Cobden Rd and Swamp Rd Marginal 12:00 Surface Flood

Brooklyn Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Carters Line Marginal 12:00

Chester Road – Wiltons Rd Marginal 13:35 Surface Flood

Clifton Grove Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Dalefield Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

East Coast Rd Marginal 12:00

Hilton / Rutland Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Hodders Rd Marginal 12:00 4WD’s Only

Kaiwhata Road Open 12:00 Still extreme care needed

Lincoln Rd Marginal 12:00 Waikareke Stream Rising

Lincoln Rd (Bottom end near Dalefield) Closed 12:00

Martinborough Longbush Rd Closed 12:00

Masterton Martinborough Rd Closed 12:00

Moreton Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Nixs Rd (near Parkvale) Marginal 12:00

Para Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Park Road Closed 12:00

Ponatahi Road Closed 12:00

Rayners Rd Marginal 12:00 Wash Out

Rimutaka Rd Open 11:30 Extreme Care

Rocky Hills Road Closed 12:00 Slip

Somerset Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Te Puru Puru Rd Marginal 12:00 Surface Flood and metal on the Road

Te Wharau Rd Marginal 12:00 Slip 4WD Only

Te Whauru Rd Marginal 12:00 Surface Flood and Metal on the Road

Upper Belvedere Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Waihakete Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Masterton District

Road / Location Status Time

Updated Comments

Masterton Castlepoint Rd – Masterton Stronvar Rd to Bennetts Hill Closed 12:26

Masterton Stronvar Rd (from Castlepoint Rd to Le Pakaraka Rd) Closed 12:26

Masterton Stronvar Rd at Brancepeth Bridge Closed 12:26 Surface Flood

Ngamutawa Rd Marginal 12:00 Extreme Care

Opaki Kaiparoro Rd at Jacksons Line and Dreyers Rock Rd Closed 12:26 Surface Flood

Te Ore Ore - Bideford Rd Closed 12:26 Surface Flood & Slips

Te Ore Ore – Lee Pakaraka Closed 12:26

Te Ore Ore – Taueru Closed 12:26

Te Parae Rd Open 12:26


South Wairarapa District

Road / Location Status Time Updated Comments

Bidwills Cutting Rd @ Bush House Marginal 13:25

Bush Gully Rd Closed 13:25

Cape Palliser Rd at Te Kopi Closed 13:25

Hinakura Rd Marginal 13:25 4WD’s Only

Huangarua Bridge @ Ponatahi Rd Closed 13:25

Martinborough / Longbush Rd closed at Popes Head Closed 13:25

Moeraki Rd Closed 13:25

No 1 Line Closed 13:25

Pukio Floodway Closed 13:25

Pukio West (including Pahautea) Closed 13:25

Tora Rd (Coastal End) Closed 13:25 Coastal End

Whakarua Rd Closed 13:25

White Rock 2 at Lagoon Hills Closed 13:25


The Huangarua River is at a level of 4.4 metres. The Ruamahanga River at Martinborough is slowly rising and is at a level of 5.03 metres. It is not expected to peak until late evening. The Lower Valley floodways are all operational.

The latest MetService report predicts 10-12mm per hour for the next 2 to 3 hours in the hills from midday today.

In the 6 to 8 hours from 8am today a further 30 to 50mm possible in lower lying parts of the Wairarapa Plains, while 80mm is possible in the hills and ranges with intensities of 5 to 10mm per hour. From late afternoon further rain is still expected but of lower intensity, adding another 20mm about the hills.

A further release will be issued at 4.30pm.


ENDS

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