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State highway reopens after storm lashes

Major flooding is being reported in the Thames/Coromandel area today. File photo.

UPDATED 1.30pm State Highway 2 north of Paeroa has reopened this afternoon.

It had been closed after a roof came down in the winds and took out powerlines at the same time.

Rahu Road Mackaytown, about 200m from the SH2 intersection, has also reopened after both sides were blocked by a fallen tree.

UPDATE: State Highway 2 in the Waikato is closed due to high winds.

NZ Transport Agency has advised Hauraki District Coucil that SH2 is closed north of Paeroa.

"A roof has come down due to the wind, taking out power lines at the same time.

"Motorists are advised to follow the directions of contractors and emergency services on site and check the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for detours and updates www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz

"SH25 is closed between Tairua and Whitianga due to flooding at Wade Road.

"Rahu Road, Mackaytown, is closed about 200m from the SH2 intersection due to a fallen tree blocking both sides of the road.

"A detour is in place via Victoria and Albert Streets. Residents are advised rubbish and recycling won’t be collected in the Rahu Road area today due to the road closure."

EARLIER:

State Highway 25 is closed between Tairua and Whitianga due to flooding at Wade Road.

State Highway 2 is also closed north of Paeroa, where a roof has come down due to the wind, taking out power lines at the same time, advises the Waka Kotahi Transport Agency.

The detour for the SH25 closure between Tairua and Whitianga is via SH25 on the western side of the Peninsula.

For SH2, motorists are advised to follow the directions of contractors and emergency services on site and check the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz) for detours and updates.

MetService has issued a heavy rain warning for the Coromandel Peninsula and a strong wind watch for the western side of the Peninsula.

In addition to the closures on SH2 and SH25, but several trees have come down overnight and there is surface flooding and debris on the roads.

Waikato System Manager Cara Lauder is urging motorists to take care as strong winds and heavy rain continue to lash the Coromandel.

“Motorists should expect the unexpected and drive with care. Avoid unnecessary travel. With rain forecast to continue and high tide at 4pm, we may need to close more roads.

“Drive to the conditions and watch out for surface flooding, slips and fallen trees or branches. Check your intended route for hazards or disruptions before setting out, using the Journey Planner website, and remain alert for unreported hazards.”

High sided vehicles and motorcycles should take particular care in strong winds.

Cara asks motorists to be mindful of contractors who could be out clearing hazards off the road, and drive slowly through work sites.

“We want to see everyone get home safely. Stay safe and stay alert.”

Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey. Keep up to date with:

Phone: 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)

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