Risk of surface floods as storms hit Auckland motorways
6 December 2012
NZ Transport Agency – Auckland/Northland
Risk of surface
floods as storms hit Auckland motorways
transport Agency says there is a danger of surface flooding
on the Auckland motorway network due to severe storms
sweeping across the city.
“The risk of flash floods on
the network means that people need to drive with extreme
care, use their headlights and watch their following
distances,” says the NZTA’s acting State Highways
Manager for Auckland and Northland, Steve Mutton.
Mutton says the closure of State Highway 18 (the Hobsonville
Motorway) in north-west Auckland means congestion is
building up on other parts of Auckland’s network.
“People should consider whether their travel is
necessary until conditions improve. If they are driving, we
ask them to do so with patience – conditions are extreme,
unpredictable, and difficult.”
SH18 is closed between
Brigham Creek Road and Greenhithe Road in both directions.
It was closed just after 1.30pm. Mr Mutton says it will
remain shut until the NZTA has assurances it is safe to be
re-opened and it will keep people updated using motorway
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