Waitotara Flood

Update on Roads in South Taranaki

Waitotara Valley Roads – some silting at top end of Waitotara Rd and Taumatatahi Rd. Road is passable, with 4WD recommended. Road Closed signs at start of road have now been removed. Road open but with due care required.

Rawhitiroa Road/Omoana – minor slips and vegetation on roadway. All still passable with care. Slip on Mangamingi Saddle cleared. Omana Saddle slip will be cleared by the end of the day tomorrow.

Tangahoe Valley Roads – minor slips in water tables – No issues
 
Lakes Rd – No reports of damage – awaiting an inspection of the Lakes Rd 

Waiinu Beach Rd – Waitotara Town to Silver Fern Farms – Slippery surface signs erected due to debris on road from maize harvesting yesterday afternoon/last night.


Ngutuwera Rd and Mangawhio Rd – minor slips cleared, roads are open

All other roads in district are open.


Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

Media Release

For immediate release

Event: Ex Cyclone Debbie

Media release no: 2

Time/Date: 1.25pm, Wednesday 5 April

Watching brief for Civil Defence in Taranaki

Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management continues to monitor river levels in the region, and to liaise with Councils and other agencies.

Most Civil Defence staff will be stood down this afternoon now but will remain on call should the situation change. The Emergency Coordination Centre will remain activated.

Controller Shane Briggs says he’s pleased with the way Councils, emergency services and other agencies worked together in response to this week’s severe weather.

“The impacts have been relatively minor to date, and those who were affected responded well,” he says. “Events like this can be expected from time to time, and it’s important to be prepared.”

The Waitotara River level is now falling and no evacuations were required overnight. Instances of surface flooding have been reported elsewhere.

NZ Transport Agency advises that SH3 is closed at Awakino Gorge, and SH43 (Forgotten World Highway) is closed between Moki Rd and Mangaparo Rd.

Further rain is expected on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

For emergency preparedness advice, see https://happens.nz/

For state highway updates in Taranaki and adjoining regions, see http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

Authorised by Shane Briggs, CDEM Controller

         

If you are travelling anywhere today - check these links for information on road closures and warnings.

Taranaki updates here
http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/7

Whanganui/Manawtu updates here
http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/8

Or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS/0800 44 44 49

          


Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

Media Release

Event: Ex Cyclone Debbie

Media release no: 1

Time/Date: 2.15pm, Tuesday 4 April

Be ready, Waitotara residents urged

Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management has been activated to monitor rising river levels in the region, and to coordinate the response by Councils and other agencies.

The area of immediate concern is the Waitotara River, whose headwaters have been rising.

No evacuation of Waitotara township is currently considered necessary, based on both data and observations so far. But residents are urged to be prepared if the situation changes, and to keep survival items and getaway kits handy.

Some may wish to self-evacuate as a precaution, and go and stay with friends or whanau elsewhere.

If the situation changes overnight, those still in the township will be told to leave. “If there’s a knock on the door at 10’clock, it will be because the situation has become serious,” says the Civil Defence Controller, Shane Briggs.

Besides the Waitotara, all catchments in the eastern hillcountry and inland North Taranaki are being monitored. So far there have been isolated and relatively minor flooding events.

Rainfall is expected to continue until Wednesday evening.

Authorised by Shane Briggs, CDEM Controller

ENDS

         

The Waitotara River is rapidly rising and the Waitotara Valley Road has now been closed.

We (South Taranaki District Council, Taranaki Regional Council and Taranaki Civil Defence) are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you informed. High tide is expected at 4pm today and further heavy rain in the eastern hill country is expected this evening.

Ngamatapouri School is closed and is being evacuated.

Locals are advised to be prepared - keep your survival items and Getaway Kit nearby.

If your home is in a flood-prone area, fill plastic bottles with clean water for drinking.

Farmers in low-lying areas should be prepared to move stock to higher ground if necessary. Farmers in low-lying areas should be prepared to move stock to higher ground if necessary.Farmers in low-lying areas should be prepared to move stock to higher ground if necessary.