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Parawai stormwater upgrade

Parawai stormwater upgrade

We're about to start work on a big upgrade to the stormwater network on Parawai Road.

Our contractors, Opus and HEB Construction, are already on site locating, checking and relocating existing services (like phone and internet services) ahead of the major work starting next week.

We've sent letters to affected properties between Banks Street and the stormwater outlet opposite Brunton Crescent, letting them know how we're going to do the work and when it crosses over their driveways.

If you travel up Parawai Road over the next eight weeks (work will be done Monday to Saturday) you can expect to see stop/go signs, detour routes, traffic lights, cones and barriers. The road closure will affect the northern part of Parawai Road at the tight Banks Street corner.

The team is also making sure machinery is secured to prevent damage to it, or to any property, over the weekend, just in case Cyclone Lusi brings severe weather to the Coromandel.

It's events like Cyclone Lusi coupled with high tides that make it really important for us to do this kind of work to protect people living in areas where flooding could be a risk.

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding the importance of improving our stormwater network.

Heads up about Cyclone Lusi
Cyclone Lusi may bring severe weather this weekend.

At this stage, heavy rain and gale force winds may hit us anytime on the weekend, so we're watching intently at the moment and will stay on the watch through the weekend, ready to act if needed.

We also expect some large waves and a surge along our beaches. The area around our stormwater works in Parawai typically floods right across the state highway and down the road on the way to the Kauaeranga Valley.

Usually we get the worst flooding at high tide - at about 7:30am on Saturday morning - so be prepared. The wind around Parawai could be very strong and last time we had something like this a lot of people around this part of Thames had a lot of debris. The previous owners of the Parawai Road dairy had a shed pushed over and a huge heavy planter picked up from their deck and deposited elsewhere.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Also, take the initiative to keep up to date with official weather warnings and forecasts from MetService over the next few days.

Here are other things you can do whenever you hear about a potential storm:
• Check drains and gutters to make sure they are clear of debris.
• Store outdoor furniture, umbrellas and sail cloths.
• Have a torch and alternative cooking facilities ready in case of power cuts.
• Know how to isolate power, water and gas to your property.
• Keep rain clothing and stout footwear accessible
• Make sure your GO BAG is ready
• Think about an evacuation plan – where would you go? How would you get there?

ENDS

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