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Roading and Coromandel water treatment plant update

After heavy rain over the long weekend, Puketui Road, Hikuai, is closed until further notice as the ford is still in flood.

All other District roads are open as are all state highways. Work is continuing on the Thames Coast Road (SH25) to repair damage from the 5 January storm, with stop-go or traffic lights to manage traffic past work sites. Please take note of the speed restrictions and drive carefully.

NZTA have the latest information about road closures and issues on our State Highways (eg, the Thames Coast Road, Kopu-Hikuai Road). You can also call NZTA on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) who can also provide traffic and travel information. You can also use their journey-planning website www.onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways.

If you see a Council road that is impassable please call us on 07 868 0200.

Due to the bad weather over the weekend, a large amount of silt and debris has been washed into the stream that supplies water to Coromandel Town.

Therefore the Coromandel Water Treatment plant is processing water at a reduced rate, leaving our treated water storage reservoirs very low.

We are asking all residents and visitors to Coromandel Town to kindly conserve water as best as they can while our treatment plant recovers to improve the water storage levels at our reservoirs.

It's also important to stay informed before, during and after emergencies. The more avenues of communication available to you, the better.

Here are some more we recommend:

Check MetService for the latest weather forecasts on this weather system.

Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play.

Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here.

Emergency Mobile Alert - these can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here

Know your neighbours - phone each other, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK.

Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here.

We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters.

Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here and check out their website for updates here.

To report a power outage, contact Powerco or your provider.

For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence "Never Happens" website.

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