Police and Emergency services are
currently dealing with severe flooding in Whakatane town
centre as a result of heavy rain fall.
The following Roads
are effected and diversions in place:
Peace St, McAlister
St, McGarvey Rd and Apanui Road.
There are further reports
of flooding near the Hikurangi and Pouwhare intersection
near the river walk.
Police are asking for motorists to
avoid the area if possible, and if driving in the area to
slow their speed right down.
Heavy rain is continuing and
the flooding is expected to continue to cause difficulties
for a considerable time
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