Checks to do while the sun is shining 04 September 2019 While there's a brief interlude between forecasted heavy rain and thunder, it's a good time to check your drains, gutters and any other blockages you may notice in your neighbourhood, that could prevent storm water getting away. We are expecting more heavy rain from early evening until about 9am tomorrow morning, Thursday. "The catchments combined with the king-tides may struggle if we get a repeat of the rain event we had last night," says Garry Towler, our Civil Defence controller. MetService are advising rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria overnight and the high tide tomorrow will be at 11.41am on the west coast of the Coromandel and is expected to be about 3.8m. If you need urgent attention, for example a tree is blocking a local road, please call us on 07 868 0200. 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. It's also important to stay informed before, during and after emergencies. The more avenues of communication available to you, the better. Here are some we recommend: 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 here. 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 your provider, however to get further information on power outages see Powerco's webiste. For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence "Never Happens" website.