Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Persistent, heavy rain could bring surface floods, slips

Persistent, heavy rain could bring surface floods, slips


Northlanders and visitors to the region are being warned persistent heavy rain forecast between now and late tomorrow could cause surface flooding and slips in parts of the region.

MetService forecasters this morning issued a severe weather warning for northern and eastern Northland, predicting the region may receive 100-150mm of persistent rain in the 36 hours to 8pm Tuesday.

However, Graeme MacDonald, spokesman for the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group, says some areas had already experienced 50mm of rain in just a few hours before the latest warning was issued.

He says given the length of time the rain is now expected to fall over – and the fact it could be heavier in some places than others – Civil Defence was urging a precautionary approach, especially from tomorrow afternoon when the effects of prolonged periods of persistent rain would be more keenly felt.

“If the rain falls as predicted over the next 36 hours, it could cause a few problems in some areas, especially those which have already experienced moderate amounts of rain today.”

Mr MacDonald says possible problems could include rapid rises in rivers and streams resulting in surface flooding and the possibility of slips. However, he says less clear at this stage is what is likely to happen later Tuesday night and into Wednesday if rain continues.

“Given this we will be keeping a close eye on weather – including new forecasts and warnings – as they come to hand over the next day or so. In the meantime, the usual advice applies; keep up to date with the latest forecasts, be careful in areas prone to flooding and don’t travel on the roads unless necessary.”

Mr MacDonald says most Northlanders are very familiar with sorts of weather-related precautions they need to take and typically cope with heavy rain well.

“Both locals and frequent visitors to our region are familiar with the spots that regularly flood and/or slip during heavy rain events and usually deal with them calmly and sensibly.”

He says Civil Defence will update the public as required, including through the Northland CDEM Group’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/civildefencenorthland

Information about any local district council road and State Highway closures/issues in Northland while the warning is in force is available from the Automobile Association website via www.AAroadwatch.co.nz

The site contains a map and brief description of closed/affected roads and an indication of when the issue/s involved is likely to be resolved.

General Civil Defence information is also available from the Northland Regional Council’s website www.nrc.govt.nz/civildefence


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news