Weather update #7 - 5 January 11am 05 January 2018 Photo: Aputa Ave, Te Puru. The high tide has arrived resulting in road closures, shutdown of our Pauanui water treatment plant and further power outages. NZTA has confirmed the Thames Coast Rd on State Highway 25,Thames to Manaia is closed due to several slips and rock falls until further notice. On Council roads, Port Jackson Road is closed north of Urarima Stream (approximately 8.5km north of the Colville Road intersection) due to the high sea level, however we expect it to be reopened later today once the tide recedes and debris removed. We have had reports that a large water tank has fallen off a truck on a tight bend and blocking the road on State Highway 25A between Whitianga and Tairua. Emergency services are on their way and we are awaiting an update from NZTA. DOC has confirmed the Pinnacles Hut is open, however there are high winds so care must be taken on the ridge before the hut. Kauaeranga Visitor Centre strongly advise day walkers not to attempt going to the summit of Pinnacles today. The road is open with some metal washout but still driveable for two wheel vehicles. The Whitianga Ferry is closed as it is unsafe to operate the Ferry at present due to high winds, high water levels. The Ferry owner will contact us when it starts up again, he is hoping it will be back up an running when the tide drops. Our Pauanui Water treatment plant is currently shut down due to the high amount of dirt and sediment in the river affecting our ability to produce drinking water. We are currently using the groundwater bores and the storage in the reservoirs to supply Pauanui. As the rain eases, we’ll bring the treatment plant back on line. It is very important that Pauanui residents and visitors conserve water as much as possible over the next few days. We will provide updates during the day to keep everyone updated. Water supply to Hikutaia is out after storm last night and engineers are working onsite with expected restoration by midday. There has been a power outage for some households in Mercury Bay and Powerco expect this be resolved by midday and also in Thames, Waitakruru which is expected to be resolved at 2pm. Click here for further updates and 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. 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. The next high tides are due this evening at: WhitiangaFriday 5 Jan at 22:28 ThamesFriday 5 Jan at 22:57 To report a power outage, contact Powerco. 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 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. Click here to view the events on around the Coromandel and refer to specific sites for cancellation details.