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Thames Coromandel Emergency Management team update

Thames Coromandel Emergency Management team update

Posted May 27, 2021
Council Matters , Environmental , Weather

The risk of storm surges has abated in the Coromandel district although very high tides are still expected into the weekend.

The Emergency Management Committee met this week to discuss the impacts of the weather and look ahead to the rest of the year.

“Tonight’s high tide around 7.30pm will be even higher than last Sunday,” says our Civil Defence Controller Garry Towler. “But the good news is the storm surge factor is not in play.”

Meanwhile, Council’s contractors and staff have taken full advantage of today’s sunny weather to tidy up debris and push up sand all along the eastern seaboard.

Residents should expect and plan ahead for a possible road closure again on Centennial Drive in Whitianga any time from 5 pm onwards.

Other low-lying areas, especially south of Tairua, may also get some inundation on SH25 so care is needed.

Heading into Friday and the weekend, things will remain much the same with the tides and weather with added rain arriving on Saturday afternoon. MetService advise that they do not expect any significant impacts, although the high tides may back up water courses in low lying areas.

“By Sunday we should see things starting to calm down somewhat but until then stay safe and stay tuned in to our Council’s information channels,” adds Mr Towler.

Photo Credit: Scott Farrell - Brophy’s Beach, Whitianga Beach, on Thursday 27 May.