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Please stay home - Traffic complicating storm management

Please stay home - Traffic complicating storm management

Posted July 16, 2020
Road Info , Weather

Thames Coromandel District Council is asking people to please stay home as the volume of traffic on flooded roads is complicating storm management across the district.

Roading contractors are frustrated at the huge volumes of traffic still on the roads and not heeding the warnings to avoid travel today if at all possible.
“The entire Coromandel is getting battered and everyone needs to heed the warnings, stay off the roads and sit this out until tomorrow,” says Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler. “It is going to get worse before things improve and high tide will undoubtedly bring more closures so let’s not put our contractors at further risk.”

Another 140mm is forecast for the Coromandel over the next 12 hours bringing the total accumulated rainfall to around 300mm. All rivers in the Coromandel and Hauraki catchments are nearing or at capacity.

Winds gusting to 100kmh will continue into tonight and further power outages are expected as trees and roofs come down on the network.

Roads closed:
SH25 Hikuai to Whangamata - Due to a slip between SH25A and McBeth Rd.SH25 Whitianga to Tairua is closed at Wade Road due to flooding. Avoid the area or delay your journey if possible, as more wet weather will coincide with high-tide this afternoon (3.40pm).
Hikuai Settlement Rd, Pauanui – Closed due to flooding.
Port Jackson Rd – Closed at 19km point due to a large slip.
Wentworth Valley Road - Closed due to flooding.
Fletcher Bay Rd – Closed due to a slip
Colville Road - two slips from recent weather events mean the road is only open to one lane in places (2.8km south of Papa Aroha and 2.9km north of Waitete Bay). Stop/go traffic management is in place so please drive with caution.
More Close, Totara, Thames is down to one lane due to a fallen tree.
There are also reports of trees across the Thames Coast Road and therefore down to one-lane in the following locations:- Northbound lane on Thames Coast Road coast between Little Waikawau and Waikawau Bay- Southbound lane on Thames Coast Road between Tararu and Whakatete Bay.
Stop/go traffic management is in place throughout our district while the roads are cleared from storm damage.
Please delay your travel until tomorrow when the storm has passed so the contractors can get to work quickly and safely