Coromandel weather update
Heavy overnight rain is easing as the main weather system passes the Coromandel, but some roads around the district have been closed.
State Highway 25 (SH25) at Hikuai near Prescott’s Garage is closed. If you’re travelling from Thames over SH25A (Kopu-Hikuai Road), the turnoff to Whangamata is open.
Hikuai Settlement Road – Closed due to flooding
Hayes Place, Thames – Closed due to flooding
Victoria Street Thames – Flooding from 2nd ford at approximately 1.95km – Road closed
Kennedy Bay Road – Slip blocking 1 lane at approx. 6.5km point, road still open
No other roads are reported closed.
“No issues are expected from this morning’s high tide at 10am,” Thames Coromandel District Council Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler says.
“Check with New Zealand Transport Agency for updates on state highways, especially around tonight’s high tide at 10:30pm. Drive with caution and avoid unnecessary travel around tonight’s high tide.”
Pressure lost at the filter station and we are currently feeding from Hikutaia at reduced pressure and flow. A tanker is being placed at the Puriri Pub.
Contractors are checking the system as low pressure have been reported.
Stay up to date:
Weather updates: MetService.
State Highways (SH25, SH25A, SH26 in the Coromandel): NZTA NZTA. You can also call NZTA on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) for traffic and travel information. You can also use their journey-planning website to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways.
Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here.
Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play.
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
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.
Know your neighbours - phone each other in an emergency, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK.
To report a power outage, contact Powerco or your provider.
For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence "Never Happens" website.