Weather update #5 5 January 6.30am 05 January 2018 The weather certainly passed through the area and made an impression: particularly on the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Water supply to Hikutaia is out after storm last night and we are working on getting this restored as soon as possible. There have been no reports of any significant issues, or large volumes of incidents, as a consequence of the weather event. All roads are open with no reports of flooding or slips at this stage. The next point risk is high tide this morning. The high tides are due at: WhitiangaFriday 5 Jan at 10:10 and 22:28 ThamesFriday 5 Jan at 10:37 and 22:57 Please take care on the roads with the high winds and we will have a more detailed report after 7am. Check MetService for the latest weather forecasts. 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 waikatoregion.govt.nz/flood-room We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters. We'll also include updates on known local Council road closures here. 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. And, although we're in for heavy rain, we still have a Total Fire Ban in place until at least 8 February, which includes bonfires and fireworks. See www.tcdc.govt.nz/fire for more information. The rain should help replenish reservoirs and water tanks, but we're still facing water restrictions due to high use and also filtering sediment and silt that will be coming through from this weather event. We will be reassessing the reservoir levels within the next 24 hours to see if restrictions need to be changed. See what restrictions apply on our website www.tcdc.govt.nz/water.