Flood team on standby after weather warnings
27 February 2009
Flood team on
standby after weather warnings
flood management team has been placed on standby after heavy
rain and wind warnings were issued for northern and eastern
parts of the region.
Up to 250 mm of rain is forecast to
fall on the Coromandel Ranges during the 24 hours from 6am
tomorrow. Strong north-easterly winds are also expected
during much of Saturday, with gusts of up to 120 km/h
affecting the Firth of Thames and Hauraki Plains..
duty emergency management officer Greg Ryan said flood
management staff were on standby in case the weather led to
flooding, and the council was liaising closely with Thames
Valley Civil Defence, which was also on standby.
council would closely monitor rainfall and river levels, and
issue alerts about flooding as required, Mr Ryan
“We’ll also keep a watch over our stop banks and
flood management systems to ensure they’re standing up to
any flooding pressures.”
Mr Ryan said people should
remember that very wet and windy weather could create
hazards such as flash flooding, slippery roads, power cuts
and heavy seas.
“We urge the public to be vigilant over
the weekend as this bad weather passes through the
Mr Ryan said rainfall and river level
information would be available on EW’s website, while
weather and roading information would be available from,
respectively, Metservice and AA Roadwatch.
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