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Thames Coromandel District Council: Weather Update #6

Weather Update #6

The weather warnings for the Coromandel have been lifted but wind and rain are still forecast through to Saturday.

Most of the Coromandel's roads are open but drivers are warned to expect road surfaces to remain slippery for the next couple of days, with possible periods of heavy rain from midday Thursdaythrough to midday Saturday.

Contractors are working to reinstate Port Jackson Road after water and debris washed out the temporary crossing at Ongohi Bridge.

Another massive slip occurred about 3km past the Kauaeranga Visitors' Centre in the Kauaeranga Valley, blocking access to the Crosbies and Pinnacles huts. The Department Of Conservation has closed the huts until the slip can be cleared, likely sometime next week.

Power has been restored across the Coromandel, except for a handful of localised incidents. Moistened soil has increased the chances of the wind blowing trees onto power lines, so we recommend keeping your mobile devices charged in case of further temporary power outages.

Thames Centennial Pool dome update
We've also had an update from the Thames Centennial Pool, and they've been pumping water off the deflated dome surface in advance of raising the dome again.

The only thing they're worried about is a gust of wind catching the dome when it is only halfway up and ripping it.

They'll check the weather again in a couple of hours and make a decision then.

Keep informed
You can stay up to date with the latest information by:
• Following our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThamesCoromandelDistrictCouncil
• Listening to your radio
• Keeping up to date with updates from the MetService
Knowing how to look after yourself in a storm

Please report fallen trees on public land, surface flooding, slips or road closures to Council on 07 868 0200 (any time, day or night).

ENDS

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