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Widespread surface flooding in Wairarapa

News release
06:00 20 July 2006


Widespread surface flooding in Wairarapa – update no.4

Heavy rain is causing widespread surface flooding throughout Wairarapa particularly in south eastern areas.

Greater Wellington staff are continually assessing the situation and closely monitoring river levels.

Heavy rain has eased but showers are expected to continue throughout the day.

Given the already saturated conditions in these areas, people are advised to be on the alert for rising rivers and streams as well as further localised flooding and slips.

Rimutaka Hill Road: Rain is likely to turn to snow showers overnight. From early Friday morning until Friday night, 2 to 5cm of snow could accumulate about the summit, with lesser amounts down to about 300 metres.

The rain will be accompanied by gale southerly winds in the exposed coastal areas with gusts of 120km/h likely between 8pm Thursday to 9am Friday.

Local councils continue to monitor roads and public are advised to contact their local district council office for more detailed information on road closures.

Masterton District Council 06 378 9666
Carterton District Council 06 379 6626
South Wairarapa District Council 06 306 9611

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

Current road closures include:

Masterton District

All roads open

Carterton District

Road / Location Status Time Updated Comments
SH2 between Carterton and Clareville Open 06:00 Caution Surface Flooding
Te Wharhau Road between Westmere Rd and Ruakiwi Rd Closed 06:00 Slip
Chester Road Open 06:00 Caution Surface Flooding
Mangatarere Valley Road Open 06:00 Caution Surface Flooding
Ponatahi Road at Foremans Jury Road Closed 06:00
Kokotau Road Marginal 06:00
Hodders Road Closed 06:00 Surface Water
Hughes Line Closed 06:00 Surface Water
Francis Line Closed 06:00 Surface Water
Park Road at Short Street Closed 06:00 Surface Water

South Wairarapa District

Road / Location Status Time Updated Comments
SH2 between Featherston and Greytown Open 06:00 Caution Surface Flooding
White Rock Road between Lagoon Hill and Tuturumuri Closed 06:00 Surface Flooding
No 1 Line Open 06:00 Caution Surface Flooding
Ponatahi Road at Huangarua Bridge Closed 06:00
Cape Pallister Road at Whatarangi Closed 06:00 Surface Flooding
Martinborough - Longbush Road at Popes Head Closed 06:00 Surface Flooding
Greytown Bidwells Cutting Road Closed 06:00 Surface Flooding
Jenkins Dip floodway bridge in operation Open 06:00 Surface Flooding

A further release will be issued if the situation changes.


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