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More rain on the way for the Coromandel - watch for slips

More rain on the way for the Coromandel - watch for slips

Posted June 26, 2020
Council Matters , Road Info

Media Release: TCDC

It’s going to be another rough night for the Coromandel and with the possibility of more slips on the roads, motorists are advised to take extreme care driving tonight and in the morning.

Thames Coromandel Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler says that while MetService has advised the incoming rain may not reach warning criteria, the Coromandel is still going to receive some decent downpours and possible localised thunderstorms from 9pm tonight through to 9am tomorrow morning.

“More than 50mm per hour of rain is expected to fall in places, more likely in the eastern and southern Coromandel between Whitianga and Whangamata,” Mr Towler says.

“This means, already saturated areas may flood again, and quickly, and with high tide at 11pm tonight, the Tairua River in particular may rise rapidly.

“It is very likely that slips and debris will come down onto the roads overnight, so motorists are again warned to take extreme care if driving tonight or in the morning,” he says.

“It won’t be as intense as the deluge we received on Thursday, but all the same, we need to take the same precautions and prepare, especially if out on the roads. Drive with caution and avoid unnecessary travel.”

Photo: TCDC - slip on State Highway 25 (Kopu-Hikaui Road)