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Heavy Rain Warning Lifted - Short Round up of Event

The Heavy rain warning for our ranges between us and Bay of Plenty has been lifted. There is still the possibility of further heavy showers during the day but the risk of significant accumulations has passed.


The largest rainfall totals over 36hrs from 8:00pm Sunday night to 8:00am Tuesday morning were recorded at:

RIP 134mm, Puketoro 132mm, Te Rata 96mm, Arowhana 90mm, Komihana 89mm and Matawai 79mm which was in line with the warning that the heavy rain was going to be on/near the ranges between us and Bay of Plenty.

This can be compared with the rainfall recorded at Tolaga Bay of 6mm and Gisborne Airport 9mm.

Please note I have rounded the rainfall figures, hence the reason for the differences you will find with what is on the attached Snips of the telemetry readings for this period.

There was no impact on the main rivers that we monitor as a result of the rainfall.


The Waioeka Gorge remained closed yesterday due to safety concerns at the slip site with the bad weather. The latest update for the NZ Transport Agency at 7:00AMthis morning is that the Gorge remains CLOSED. Once the poor weather has cleared a safety assessment will be performed and then a further update will be made regarding a possible re-opening time. They are hopeful the Gorge can be opened to traffic later this afternoon but cannot predict what the safety assessment will reveal.

Please check the NZ Transport Agency website or Facebook page for updates on the Gorge; http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic or https://www.facebook.com/NZTAWaikatoBoP/

I am not aware of any new local roading issues or any other major issues in the district as a result of this event.


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