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Wairarapa flood event – update no. 9

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Wairarapa flood event – update no. 9

Greater Wellington staff continues to closely monitor river levels throughout the Wairarapa following heavy rain yesterday and today.

The latest MetService report remains the same as at the 1.00pm media release. It is predicting further rainfall in the 12 to 16 hour period from 8am today with 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 will be 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 overnight 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
Road / Location Status Time
Updated Comments
Masterton Castlepoint Rd between Taueru & Te Kanuka Closed 16:25 Slip
Masterton Stronvar Road Brancepeth Bridge to Ngaumu Headquarters Closed 16:25 Flooding
Masterton Castlepoint Road to Castlepoint All Roads Marginal 16:25
Blairlogie-Langdale Road and Homewood Road Marginal 16:25 Slips & Flooding
Opaki Kaiparoro and Dryers Rock Road Marginal 16:25 Slips


Carterton District
Road / Location Status Time
Updated Comments
Admiral Rd Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Belvedere Rd near Cobden Rd and Swamp Rd Marginal 16:00 Surface Flood
Carters Line Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Clifton Grove Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
East Coast Rd Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Hilton / Rutland Rd Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Kaiwhata Road Open 16:00 Still extreme care needed
Kokota Road Closed 16:59
Martinborough Longbush Rd Closed 16:00 Extreme Care
Millars Road Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Nixs Rd (near Parkvale) Marginal 16:00 Extreme care
Para Rd Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Park Road Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Ruakiwi Road Closed 16:00 Slip
Rocky Hills Road Marginal 16:00 Slip
Somerset Rd Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Te Puru Puru Rd Marginal 16:00 Surface Flood and metal on the Road
Te Wharau Rd (bottom of cutting near Westmere Rd turnoff) Marginal 16:00 Slip 4WD Only
Te Whauru Rd Marginal 16:00 Surface Flood and Metal on the Road
Upper Belvedere Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Waihakete Rd Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
Woodlands Marginal 16:00 Extreme Care
South Wairarapa District

Road / Location Status Time
Updated Comments
Bidwills Cutting Road at Bush House Marginal 15.45
Bush Gully Road Closed 15.45
Cape Palliser Rd at Whatarangi Closed 15.45
Hinakura Rd Marginal 15.45 4WD’s Only
Kahutara Road at Oporua Floodway Closed 15.45
Martinborough / Longbush Rd Open from 4pm 15.45 Extreme care
Moeraki Road Closed 15.45
No 1 Line Open 15.45 Surface Flooding
Oystershell Closed 15.45
Ponatahi Bridge Closed 15.45
Pukio West Closed 15.45
Pahautea Closed 15.45
Summerhill Rd Closed 15.45
Tora Road (Coastal End) Closed 15.45
Whakarua Road Closed 15.45
White Rock 2 at Lagoon Hills Closed 15.45

A further release will be issued at approx 8.00am tomorrow morning.

ENDS

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