Weather update #14 5.30pm 06 January 2018 This will be the last update for the evening. We will be back in the morning for further updates. We are now in recovery and clean-up mode. We've been along the Thames Coast to talk and meet with affected communities and to provide as much assistance as we can. At this stage, the Transport Agency does not think the Thames Coast Road/SH25 will be open as in many places seawalls have been damaged and whole sections of the road have been washed away by the storm surges which have also left the road littered with rocks and debris. Other areas of the Thames Coast Road have suffered upheaval of the road surface as the sea and debris have severely damaged the road surface and the underlying layers. SH25 is currently closed between Tararu (immediately north of Thames) and Manaia. In order to help establish access to coastal communities, NZ Transport Agency contractors have set up a pilot vehicle convoy for residents only which will run from Tararu through to Te Puru. Through traffic will not be permitted, so please don't come for a look if you are not a resident. It may be some time before the road is open to the public. To find out more check out NZTA's official site for updates click here All other State Highways and Council roads around the Coromandel Peninsula are currently open. Our 24-hour Customer Services phone line is back online, however we are still experiencing some issues. If you have any issues with our main line 07 868 0200 please call us on 07 868 0206 until 8pm this afternoon. There are 8 now skip bin locations at Te Puru. 1 at Aputa Ave (at the sea end) 1 at the boat ramp at Tatahi Street 2 at Seaview Ave (1 at the north end, and 1 at the end of the avenue) 3 along Sarjants Road (1 at the corner of the main road, and 2 along the road) 1 at Te Puru Hall Also please check with your insurance provider before starting to remove flood damaged items. We are assessing the need for porta loos at Aputa Avenue, Tetahi and Seaview Roads in Te Puru, as power won’t be restored to these roads today. The public toilets are also being assessed. Toilets will be sent out once need is established, they are expected to be in place by this afternoon. Potable water is available at Te Puru campground. Powerco is telling us that there are still customers who may be without power. This includes Colville: 100 Whitianga: 30 Thames: 130 which includes the Thames Coast - Sarjants Road, West Crescent, Aputa Avenue, Tatahi Street, Seaview Avenue The power will be off until Powerco deem it is safe to turn back on but they are hoping to get the majority of power back on by tonight. Field staff will be out again at first light to continue to restore supply to the remaining customers. People should take extreme care around fallen power lines and keep at least 4m away. Report downed lines toemergency services on 111 or Powerco on 0800 27 27 27 immediately. Powerco may not be aware of all power cuts so it is important customers log their faults with retailers. Property owners are advised to check their service lines for obvious damage and report this to an electrician. Overhead service lines connect properties to the main electricity network. For official updates go to the Powerco website. We've checked for structural damage at Hannafords Wharf and all is ok so the ferry from Coromandel to Auckland will be operational from tomorrow. In Whangamata some residents are experiencing discoloration of their water supply. One of the water sources is higher in an iron oxide which makes it a yellowish colour. The team have checked the filters but as they say no health issue. The Pauanui water treatment plant was able to recommence production of water from late yesterday, but customers are asked to conserve water as demand is met and reservoirs refilled. The water being supplied in Pauanui throughout the weather event has remained safe and potable with no issues with quality. DOC has confirmed the Pinnacles Hut is open. The road is open with some metal washout but still driveable for two wheel vehicles. The Thames to Kopu and Kopu to Kaiaua sections of the Hauraki Rail Trail are likely to be closed due to damage to the foreshore stopbanks along which it runs. That damage will be inspected next week.