Coromandel roading update 30 April 2018 The Coromandel roads have experienced some heavy rain and strong winds over the past few days, which resulted in temporary road closures. This morning another closure was put in place due a car accident on the Kopu-Hikaui Rd, SH25. Photo: Kylie Nicholson - SH25 between Whangamata and Waihi yesterday was closed due to flooding. However, all our roads are now open except for the Wentworth Valley Rd Ford is currently impassable. Our roading contractors will be assessing as soon as possible. Our roading contractors are out checking our local Council roads, however if you see a Council road that is impassable for some reason, call us on 07 868 0200. 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. 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.