Flooding is affecting roads in multiple districts due to the heavy rain
Flooding is affecting roads in multiple districts due to the heavy rain.
If you can - delay travel until the flooding recedes.
A slip is causing delays on SH2 between Paeroa and Waihi. Traffic management is in place and the road is reduced to one lane under a stop go operation in the Karangahake Gorge. Take extra care and follow the direction of contractors on scene.
There is an area warning SH25 Thames to Manaia.
SH 25 Between Wade Rd and the 309 Rd, Whitianga is closed.
SH 25 Near to The 309 Road, Preece Point is closed.
SH 2 Highfields Dr to Beach Rd, Katikati is also closed.
If you have to drive somewhere:
Turn your headlights on.
Use fog lights if you like, but switch them off when visibility improves.
Leave twice as much space between you and the car in front – it takes longer to stop in the wet.
If your steering feels light due to aquaplaning, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
If you break down don't prop the bonnet open while you wait. Rain-soaked electrics can make it harder to start the engine.
Don't drive into flood water that’s moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep. Let approaching cars pass first.
Drive slowly and steadily so you don’t make a bow wave.
Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards.
Fast-moving water is very powerful – take care or your car could be swept away.
If you do get stuck in flood water, it's usually best to wait in the car and call for help rather than try to get out.