WEATHER AND ROADING UPDATE – A DAY TO HUNKER DOWN
Written by John Grant on November 11, 2022
Here is our latest update at 3:30PM
SH25 Hikuai to Tairua due to flooding near the one lane bridge
SH25 Hikuai to Whangamata due to a slip 1km north of McBeth Road
Hikuai Settlement Road closed due to several areas of flooding
Kennedy Bay Rd is closed from Driving Creek Rd due to a large slip
Waikawau Beach Rd is closed due to surface flooding near the 1km east of the Port Charles intersection.
Wentworth Valley Rd is closed due to surface flooding
Albert Street Bridge has been closed in Coromandel Town and according to TCDC will remain closed till Monday when it will be reassessed
Slips with Traffic Management
SH25 Kuaotunu to Whitianga. Due to a slip south of Waitaia Rd caution is advised
We understand that previous closures of SH25 between Whitianga and Kaimarama has reopened after flooding across the road.
Paeroa with 285 properties and this is under investigation
Te Aroha with 65 properties out
Te Aroha West 377 properties are off the grid
Manawaru with 20 properties remaining off the grid
Pinnacles has received 194mm in the last 24 hours
Whitianga 78.4mm and expecting now 106.2mm
Coromandel Town 93mm
A number of schools and businesses closed early due to flooding. Special thoughts for Hikuai School who are celebrating their 125th Jubilee and will ne open tomorrow for anyone to pop in and see their history display.
Flooding is across SH25 with reports of about 10cm of water near Wade Rd. Water is across the road on the south end of Wharekaho Beach and caution is advised. Also been advised water is across the road on Waikawau Beach Rd and that is likely to close. There is also flooding in several places around Coromandel. TCDC Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler is recommending that you should stay home and hunker down for the day. The Pinnacles have recorded 122mm of rain so far today and this will be heading down through various rivers and this could lead to flooding near the Hikuai one lane bridge.
We also have a report of a slip on the Whangamata to Hikuai Rd about 1km from McBeth Rd SH25. We have been told the road is no longer passable.
Hikuai School is having an early finish today. They have decided that due to the likelihood of flooding the bus will now pick up the learners at 12 today. The school is celebrating is jubilee over the week and the Principal will be at the school tomorrow for anyone who wants to drop by for a cuppa and check the history trail.
Rainfalls in Whitianga shows MetService reporting 71.6mm and are expecting this total to double before the end of today. Whangamata Personal weather stations now showing similar levels and Pauanui is up to 110mm .
PowerCo advise crews are working on the large outage in Coromandel. Access issues because of flooding are hampering efforts to restore power to more than 2,000 customers on the Coromandel Peninsula following strong winds and heavy rain.
A total of 2,967 customers lost power at 7.50am. While almost 1,000 customers had power restored within several minutes, crews are working to access the suspected fault site so power can be restored to the remaining 2,033 customers.
Crews will work throughout the day to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, she says.
The fault was caused by trees in lines from the high winds. Outages in Thames and Ngatea are still be worked on.
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