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Wairarapa flood event – update no. 8

News release
1:00pm, 6 July 2006

THIS MEDIA RELEASE SUPERSEDES ALL EARLIER RELEASES

Wairarapa flood event – update no. 8


Greater Wellington staff continues to closely monitor river levels throughout the Wairarapa following heavy rain last night.

The latest MetService report remains the same as 10.00am media release. It is predicting further rainfall in the twelve to sixteen period from 8.00am Thursday. In the 12 to 16 hours from 8am today, 80 to 100 mm possible about the eastern hills and the Tararuas. In lower lying areas south of Pahiatua 40 to 60mm is possible. Intensities mostly around 3 to 6mm per hour but 8 to10mm per hour at times in the hills.

Rain should ease in areas north of Martinborough by late afternoon but lasting until around midnight in areas farther south.

River levels are currently holding steady. However these are likely to rise given the predicted rainfall forecast. With the ground already very sodden, people in these areas should watch out for rising rivers and streams. The situation will continue to be monitored.

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 all Wairarapa districts there are still many road closures in place due to surface flooding. Drivers are urged to take extreme care on all roads and drive to the conditions.

Current road closures include:

Masterton District


Carterton District
Road / Location Status Time Updated Comments
Masterton Stronvar Road Brancepeth Bridge to Ngaumu Headquarters Closed 11:30 Flooding
Admiral Rd Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Belvedere Rd near Cobden Rd and Swamp Rd Marginal 11:46 Surface Flood
Carters Line Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Clifton Grove Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
East Coast Rd Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Hilton / Rutland Rd Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Kaiwhata Road Open 11:46 Still extreme care needed
Martinborough Longbush Rd Closed 11:46
Millars Road Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Nixs Rd (near Parkvale) Marginal 11:46
Para Rd Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Park Road Marginal 11:46
Ruakiwi Road Closed 11:46 Slip
Rocky Hills Road Marginal 11:46
Somerset Rd Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Te Puru Puru Rd Marginal 11:46 Surface Flood and metal on the Road
Te Wharau Rd Marginal 11:46 Slip 4WD Only
Te Whauru Rd Marginal 11:46 Surface Flood and Metal on the Road
Upper Belvedere Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Waihakete Rd Marginal 11:46 Extreme Care
Woodlands Marginal 11:46

South Wairarapa District


Road / Location Status Time Updated Comments
Bidwills Cutting Road at Bush House Marginal 11:00
Bush Gully Road Closed 11:00
Cape Palliser Rd at Te Kopi Open 11:00
Cape Palliser Rd at Whatarangi Closed 11:00
Hinakura Rd Marginal 11:00 4WD’s Only
Kahutara Road at Oporua Floodway Closed 11:00
Martinborough / Longbush Rd at Popes Head Closed 11:00
Moeraki Road Closed 11:00
No 1 Line Open 11:00 Surface Flooding
Ponatahi Bridge Closed 12:13
Pukio West, Pahautea Closed 11:00
Tora Road (Coastal End) Closed 11:00
Whakarua Road Closed 11:00
White Rock 2 at Lagoon Hills Closed 11:00
A further release will be issued at approx 3.00pm this afternoon.

ENDS

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