Weather update - 12pm, 11 April 2018 11 April 2018 At this stage the entire area of the Kopu Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is cordoned off by the Fire Department. State Highway 26, Paeroa to Thames, is open with stop/go traffic management in place. Please delay your journey or use an alternative route if possible until further notice. Tairua residents update: 9am - 12 April 2018 Due to the power outage that affected Tairua for the majority of Wednesday we ask all residents and visitors to conserve water the best they can to allow the levels in our reservoirs to recover. Some properties in the area of Paku Hill may be experiencing low water pressure until the system recovers, which is expected to be this afternoon. Your cooperation is appreciated. Image: Fire at Kopu Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Two collection vehicles were damaged in the fire, however the kerbside collections for today and the rest of the week will continue as per normal and alternative vehicles will be brought in to assist. This may impact on collections and delays may be inevitable. All other roads in our district are open. Please give us a call on 07 868 0200 if you see a Council road that is impassable due to flooding or a debris. Please note if you are travelling out of the district many roads are also closed and it is advised that you avoid travelling if possible. Check NZTA website here for more information on road closures. Due to the storm last night the Tairua Water Treatment plant is out of power, which means we aren't able to treat any water. While we are running as much of the network on generators as we can, and we have water in the reservoirs, we ask that all residents and visitors conserve water as best they can until power is restored. The power outage has also adversely affected the water pressure around Tangiteroria Lane, Pauanui. Residents will be experiencing low pressure issues. We are working on this currently. Powerco are working on a number of power cuts throughout the country including our district. The power cut affecting Tairua and surrounding areas is estimated to be restored at 5.00pm this evening. For updates see here. We have also been notified of the following school closures: Tairua School Whenuakite School Matatoki School Whenuakite Country Kids Hikuai School Pauanui Pre-School Our Tairua library is also closed due to the power outage. We'll reopen as soon as the power comes back on. If you need to renew your books in the meantime, give Thames Library a call on 07 868 6616. MetService still report that the severe weather outlook consists of a fast-moving front that should cross most of New Zealand during Thursday, bringing a burst of heavy rain to western areas of the South Island, and strong southwesterlies to many parts of the country. Southwesterlies ease during Friday as a ridge approaches New Zealand from the west, which then crosses the country during Saturday and Sunday. Check MetService for the latest weather updates. Be prepared: Torches and fresh batteries Ample drinking water and emergency food supplies An alternative means of cooking source if power is cut If your property is in a low-lying area, check if you need to move items to higher ground. Put away loose items and tie down trampolines or anything else that could be blown around in strong winds. NZ Civil Defence has prepared the Get Ready, Get Thru website with lots of information about planning for emergencies. If you get ready, then you can get through. 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 at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/services/regional-services/regional-hazards-and-emergency-management/flood-room. 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. We'll also include updates on known local Council road closures. If you see a Council road that is impassable due to flooding or a debris, call us on 07 868 0200. If the issue is with a State Highway (eg, the Thames Coast Road, Kopu-Hikuai Road) please tell NZ Transport Agency on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can also provide traffic and travel information. Check NZTA's website before you travel for the latest information about road closures or work underway. 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. 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.