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Weather update #9 - 5 January 4pm

05 January 2018

MetService is forecasting the heavy wind over the Coromandel to ease this evening but tonight's high tide of around 10:30-11pm could bring further flooding in some areas around the Firth of Thames.

(Photo: Accident on SH25 - Kopu Bridge - earlier today.)

We're currently assessing damage from this morning's flooding to roads and property.

We're asking people to call 111 if they are in danger. Also: stay off the roads please and don't undertake any unnecessary travel.

If you can't access your home, seek assistance from your neighbours. Call our Customer Services line on 07 868 0200 to register your need for long-term welfare support if your home is uninhabitable.

Here’s what we know:

Thames Coast Road (SH25) is closed between Thames and Manaia due to slips and debris on the road left by the flooding.

A truck has crashed on Kopu Bridge.

SH25 just south of Thames was closed earlier from high tide flooding but has reopened. Tonight's high tide may force its closure again for a while.

In the Thames area, sandbags are available the Broadspectrum depot on Burke St for anyone who needs them.

Te Puru Community Hall is open for anyone whose home was flooded or stranded motorists. Currently about 60 people are there and may need accommodation among the community for tonight.

Powerco was planning to cut power to several streets in Te Puru while issues around live electricity in flooded houses were sorted. Those streets are Aputa Ave, Sarjants Rd, Tatahi Street, Seaview Crescent. Powerco had no timeframe for the restoration of power to these streets.

Powerco reports power outages in Thames affecting 44 properties - no area specified. Resolution expected 4:30pm. Tairua: 30 properties affected. Resolution expected 4pm. 245 properties affected in Opito Bay. Resolution was expected at 12 pm but it's still on the Powerco website. And in Colville 299 properties were without power with resolution expected at 3pm. Click here for further updates and information from Powerco.

Pauanui water treatment plant is closed due to too much turbidity and sediment in the water, which prevents treatment. We’re asking residents and visitors there to conserve water until we can resume treatment - once the stream runs clear after the rain eases. The water supply has not been contaminated by wastewater. The wastewater treatment plant has been coping with the weather event and there have been no overflows from the plant.

The Whitianga Ferry service is back in operation.

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.

Several roads in Thames are closed: Davy Street, Amy Street, Beach Road, Brown Street and Fergusson Drive.

Thames Centennial Pool is closed. We hope to have it open tomorrow.

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.

Water supply to Hikutaia has been restored but will take time to build up pressure.

If you must travel, check NZTA's website first for the latest information about road closures. 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:

Whitianga
Friday 5 Jan at 22:28

Thames
Friday 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.

The Sol3 Mio concert in Whangamata is scheduled to go ahead this evening after it was postponed from yesterday.

Click here to view the events on around the Coromandel and refer to specific sites for cancellation details.