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Major surface flooding around Wellington City

Major surface flooding around Wellington City

Wellington City Council is advising motorists to use extreme caution because of surface flooding around the CBD and surrounding suburbs.

Calls have been coming in thick and fast. Since 9am the Council’s call centre has received about 150 calls from residents and businesses all over the city. Flooding is affecting streets in the CBD, Kilbirnie, Brooklyn, Newtown, Island Bay, Melrose, Hataitai, Lyall Bay, Wilton and Karori.

There have been reports of surface water entering a number of businesses in the CBD.

There is significant flooding in the Basin Reserve area. Traffic is building up along Kent Terrace as far as Oriental Parade and we’re asking people to avoid the area if possible and use alternative streets such as Wallace Street and Taranaki Street.

There are reports of manhole covers being blown out on some roads, including Karori Road - so we urge motorists to use extreme caution and, if possible, avoid driving until the heavy rain eases.

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