Heavy rain caused major flooding in the Coromandel on Tuesday, with various roads closed due to the wild weather.
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More than 260mm of rainfall was recorded on the Pinnacles over the last 24 hours – more than double the amount predicted, according to the Thames-Coromandel District Council.
Flooding around Kuaotuna displaced a small group of people, with major slips in the region also affecting residents there, the council said. SH25 between Kuaotuna and Whitianga would be remaining closed overnight.
Residents in Otama and Opito Bays were also affected by road closures. The council said that while locals there were isolated all residents were reported to be safe.
Hikuai Settlement Rd was expected to be passable after 9pm, though multiple large slips meant that Blackjack Rd would be closed overnight.
“If you can avoid travelling around the eastern seaboard this afternoon and overnight, do so,” says Civil Defence Controller, Garry Towler.
“Although some roads may be marginal, we don’t want people being caught out. There’s also the risk of more slips as a result of the saturation.”
He said things should be “business as usual” by the morning.
Towler said the intensity of the rain came as a surprise.
“Although we saw the rain coming, it was twice as intense as we were advised. However, the communities, emergency services and staff all responded well, and it demonstrates why community resilience and community planning is so important.”