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Wairarapa flood event – update no. 13

News release
3:30pm, 7 July 2006

THIS MEDIA RELEASE SUPERSEDES ALL EARLIER RELEASES


Wairarapa flood event – update no. 13

MetService has lifted all severe weather warnings for Wairarapa at 8.30am this morning. The weather across the region is fine with a few cloudy periods and Northwesterlies developing.

Greater Wellington staff continues to closely monitor river levels which should now start to recede with the exception of the Ruamahunga River at Martinborough Bridge. This will remain at a high level throughout the day.

Lower Valley floodways are still operating. Lake Wairarapa has climbed to a record high level. The opening to the sea at Lake Onoke is open and the Barrage Gates are open.

Wairarapa District Health Board has issued a public health notice to all Wairarapa residents containing details of some basic public health measures which can be taken to minimise the risk to health after a flood. Details are also available from all council offices.
Local councils continue to monitor roads and 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 and slips. 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
Colombo Road, Jean Street to Te Ore Ore Road Closed 13:15 Flooding


Carterton District

Road / Location Status Time Updated Comments
Admiral Station Rd down to the station Closed 13:45 Extreme Care
Belvedere Rd near Cobden Rd and Swamp Rd Marginal 13:45 Surface Flood
Carters Line Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Clifton Grove Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
East Coast Rd Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Hilton / Rutland Rd Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Kokotau Road Open 14:37
Martinborough Longbush Rd Closed 13:45 Extreme Care
Millars Road Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Nixs Rd (near Parkvale) Marginal 13:45 Extreme care
Para Rd Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Park Road Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Ruakiwi Road Closed 13:45 Slip
Rocky Hills Road Marginal 13:45 Slip
Somerset Rd Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Te Puru Puru Rd Marginal 13:45 Surface Flood and metal on the Road
Te Wharau Rd (bottom of cutting near Westmere Rd turnoff) Marginal 13:45 Slip 4WD Only
Te Whauru Rd Marginal 13:45 Surface Flood and Metal on the Road
Upper Belvedere Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Waihakete Rd Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care
Woodlands Marginal 13:45 Extreme Care

South Wairarapa

Road / Location Status Time
Updated Comments
Bush Gully Road Marginal 13:30 4WDs Only
Cape Palliser Rd at Whatarangi Closed 13:30
Hinakura Rd Marginal 13:30 4WD’s Only
Kahutara Road at Oporua Floodway Closed 13:30
Pahaoa Road Marginal 13:30 4WDs Only
Pukio West Closed 13:30
Pahautea Road Closed 13:30
Summerhill Rd Closed 13:30
SH53 Jenkins Dip bridge operational Open 13:30 Caution Extreme Care
SH2 Rimutaka Hill. Expect delays, still some minor slips and speed restrictions in place. Caution 13:25 Transit advise caution.
Whakarua Road Closed 13:30


A further release will be issued if the situation changes.

ENDS

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