Weather and roading update 10 September 2019 Updates: 10 September & morning update - 11 September. Wednesday 11 September, 7:30am weather and roading update 10am: Blackjack Road is now open. It is restricted to one lane in places as there are slips still being cleared. The contractors will be on site today working to restore it to two lanes. As the sun comes out this morning, most of our roads will now be open. State highway 25 remains closed due to slips near to Cemetery Rd, Kuaotunu. Some schools may also still be closed this morning so please check. See the NZTA website for updates on SH25 updates. There may still be minor slips and debris, so please take care on our roads. 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. 4:30pm weather and roading update The Coromandel has received a thorough drenching today and while there are concerns for some communities around this afternoon’s high tide, most of the rainfall should leave the area by 9pm tonight. Picture: Flooding in Otama The Coromandel has received a thorough drenching today and while there are concerns for some communities around this afternoon’s high tide, most of the rainfall should leave the area by 9pm tonight. More than 260mm of rainfall has been recorded on the Pinnacles over the last 24 hours – substantially more than the 110mm that was predicted. While the weather is showing signs of easing in some areas, there is possibly another 30mm-60mm of rain still to come north of Tairua, before easing around 8pm. A small number of people in Kuaotunu are displaced by flooding or are on standby to be evacuated around the 4pm high tide. Major slips around Kuaotunu have affected access for many residents. SH25 between Kuaotunu and Whitianga will remain closed overnight. SH25 between Kuaotunu and Coromandel Town is now open. Residents and visitors at Otama and Opito Bays are isolated due to road closures and remain so overnight. All local residents in those communities are safe, however. Most of our local district roads are expected to be passable by 6pm after this afternoon’s tide recedes. However, Hikuai Settlement Rd may not be passable until much later this evening (9pm-10pm) and Blackjack Road is likely to be closed overnight due to multiple large slips. See below for the latest update on road closures. “If you can avoid travelling around the eastern seaboard this afternoon and overnight, do so,” says our Civil Defence Controller, Garry Towler. “Although some roads may be marginal, we don’t want people being caught out. There’s also the risk of more slips as a result of the saturation,” Garry says. “The message is to try and avoid travel if you can, and to expect things to be business as usual by daylight tomorrow.” As the weather eases, we encourage our residents to check-in on their neighbours and make sure they are ok. If you have any concerns about friends or relatives, phone us on 07 8680200. The Emergency Operations Centre will remain open until this evening, which will focus on monitoring our isolated northern communities, some of which have lost internet connection. Garry commends our communities for their response to this weather event. “Although we saw the rain coming, it was twice as intense as we were advised. However, the communities, emergency services and staff all responded well, and it demonstrates why community resilience and community planning is so important,” Garry says. Residents in Hikutaia, Matatoki, Puriri and Omahu may notice slight discolouration in their drinking water – this is simply due to the amount of rainfall in the catchment. “It’s nothing to worry about and is normal when we have such a heavy rain event,” Garry says. Wastewater management across the district has not been affected by the weather. State highway road closures include: • SH25 Tairua to Hikuai (near the Tairua River Bridge and near Hikuai Settlement Road) • SH25 Kuaotunu – this will likely be closed overnight • SH25 Whitianga to Tairua (Kaimarama) Local Council district roads: We expect our local roads to be passable as the tide recedes after 6pm, however Hikuai Settlement Road may not be clear until much later this evening and Blackjack Road is likely to be closed over night due to multiple large slips. • Hikuai Settlement Rd • Blackjack Road – There have been multiple slips and will likely be closed overnight. • Puketui Road • Hotwater Beach Road • Wentworth Valley Road • School Rd, Hikuai • Tapu Coroglen Road – open but has minor slips so caution is advised. • Old Coach Road, Kaimarama - open to one lane. • Bluff Road, Kuaotunu - open • Victoria Street, Tararu - open MIDDAY UPDATE - Hikuai Settlement Rd A number of roads remain closed around the Coromandel as the downpour continues and we are still asking people to delay travel. The Metservice severe weather warning was extended this morning, with a further 60 to 90mm of rain forecast to accumulate on top of what has already fallen. See below for the latest information on road closures across our district, which will also delay some of our rubbish collection services today, particularly in Whitianga. Pauanui's refuse transfer station is unable to open due to flooding on Hikuai Settlement Rd. Our Civil Defence Controller, Garry Towler continues to advise people to delay travel and to stay away from rivers and streams, with the high tide forecast for around 4:30pm today. “People should not attempt to drive through floodwater under any circumstances,” Gary says. We have activated our Emergency Operations Centre, which will focus on contacting community response groups and our isolated northern communities, some of which have lost internet connection. If you have concerns about friends or relatives in those areas, contact us on 07 8680200. Road closures include: SH25 Tairua to Hikuai (near the Tairua River Bridge and near Hikuai Settlement Road) SH25 Kuaotunu SH25 Whitianga to Tairua (Kaimarama) SH 25A Kopu to Hikuai - Due to a slip in this area, stop/go traffic management is in place. Delays of 5-10 minutes are possible. Local Council district roads: Puketui Road Hikuai Settlement Rd (pictured right) Hotwater Beach Road Blackjack Road Tapu Coroglen Road Old Coach Road, Kaimarama - now open to one lane. Wentworth Valley Road Victoria Street, Tararu - now open to one lane. Bluff Road, Kuaotunu (We can’t access this until slips on the state highway are cleared) School Rd, Hikuai The Thames Coast Rd is open, and the 309 Road is now also open. Our Mercury Bay Library closed at 12pm and our Mercury Bay Service Centre will close at 3pm due to the network outage. Our call centre is still in operation 24/7, so if you need help with flooding in your area, please contact our customer services team on 07 8680200, or if you don't require our immediate attention email us on email@example.com. Check NZTA's website for updates on state highway road closures.. 7AM UPDATE: Roads closed as heavy rain continues this morning A number of roads around the Coromandel are closed this morning after a night of intense rain and motorists are advised to avoid travel, with heavy rain expected to continue until midday. Approximately 218mm of rain fell across the district overnight, which is more than forecasters expected, and after the 4am high tide a number of streams and rivers have risen rapidly and flooded roads. Road closures include: SH25 near Hikuai Settlement Road and Hikuai Settlement Road SH25 Kuaotunu SH25 Whitianga to Tairua (Kaimarama) SH 25 Whitianga between Wade Rd and The 309 Rd intersections SH25 Whangamata to Opoutere Puketui Road Hotwater Beach Road Blackjack Road Tapu Coroglen Road Old Coach Road, Kaimarama Wentworth Valley Road Victoria Street, Tararu - The slip is located close to 126 Victoria Street - just before the retreat. Bluff Road, Kuaotunu (We cant access this until slips on the state highway are cleared) School Rd, Hikuai The Thames Coast Rd is open, the 309 Road is now also open. Our Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler advises people to stay off the roads this morning as driving conditions may be hazardous, and to stay away from rivers and streams. “People should not attempt to drive through floodwater under any circumstances,” Garry says. Keep up-to date with the weather for the next 12 hours and check NZTA's website for the latest on road closures. We advise residents to contact their local schools to find out about any closures today. If you need help with flooding in your area, please contact our customer services team on 07 8680200. Here are some websites to help you stay informed in weather events: Check MetService for the latest weather forecasts on this weather system. 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. 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. 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.