Motorists asked to avoid unnecessary travel
Motorists are being urged to take care and avoid unnecessary travel, with heavy rain warnings in place for the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel.
Waikato motorists should also remain alert, with a Heavy Rain Watch in place.
Waka Kotahi regional manager maintenance and operations Rob Campbell says motorists should expect the unexpected and remain alert.
“Avoid unnecessary travel and take care. Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly and there is a chance we may need to close some 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 Waka Kotahi interactive Journey Planner website (journeys.nzta.govt.nz), and remain alert for unreported hazards.”
If you need to travel in the Coromandel or Bay of Plenty regions today, please slow down, increase your following distance and be mindful of possible slips, surface flooding and/or fallen trees on roads in these areas. Allow extra time. ^TP https://t.co/j5VK3uJyTF— Waka Kotahi NZTA Waikato/BoP (@WakaKotahiWaiBP) July 25, 2021
MetService meteorologist Angus Hines says parts of the Coromandel Peninsula, including Whitianga, have already reported over 30mm of rain this morning, with more on the way.
“Heavy Rain Warnings remain in force throughout Coromandel and Bay of Plenty until this afternoon, which could cause surface flooding and slips in these regions. Drivers should also be wary of poor visibility during heavy rain.”
Rob 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.”
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