Weather Causes Slips and Rising River Levels in South Taranaki
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A number of slips have been reported across South Taranaki as a result of the heavy rain that lashed much of the region overnight.
South Taranaki District Council (STDC) environmental services group manager John McKenzie says the Waitotara Valley Road has slips and flooding in several locations which has caused the road to be closed until further notice.
Slips were also reported on Mangwhio Road, Tangahoe Valley Road and Glen Nui Road, however Mr McKenzie says Council contractors hope to have these cleared by the end of the day, weather permitting. Extreme care is required.
The Council is also asking Waitotara residents to keep a close watch on the townships river level tonight after heavy rain in the Waitotara Valley back country.
Mr McKenzie says the Waitotara River level has reached 10 metres at the Rimunui recording station though rainfall has stopped.
“The recording station indicates the rain has stopped falling so river levels at the monitoring site shouldn’t get any higher, however this peak level is expected to reach Waitotara township around 7.30pm which is about the same time as high tide. As a precautionary measure we are warning residents to keep watch on the river and be prepared for potential flooding,” he says.
Both the South Taranaki District Council and Taranaki Regional Council are monitoring the river levels overnight as is Taranaki Civil Defence. Only light rain is forecast over the next 24 hours.
Mr McKenzie says if members of the public have any roading queries to contact the South Taranaki District Council 24 hours on 0800 111 323. Up to date information on river levels is available on the Taranaki Regional Council website www.trc.govt.nz