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Flooding and river levels

Regional Council actively manages five river and drainage schemes in the region to help protect our communities from flooding

Tractor Driven Flood Pumps

Tractor driven flood pumps

Flood Duty Manager

The Regional Council has a Duty Flood Manager who:

  • Monitors weather forecasts and monitoring sites
  • Determines level of response and mobilise teams as required
  • Issues warning to landowners and public
  • Works with field operations staff to monitor pump stations and other infrastructure during rainfall events
  • Responds to queries and concerns from the public
  • Liaises with TA’s, Civil Defence and Dam Operators

Duty Flood Manager contact pager number: 026 252 8438

Rising river levels and flooding

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has live monitoring pages where you can see up-to-date levels of the region's rivers and rainfall data.

As rivers rise, they reach trigger levels that result in warning to landowners that may be affected by the rising waters.

The Kaituna, Tarawera, Rangitaiki, Whakatane, Tauranga, Waioeka and Otara rivers have their own flood warning groups.The flood warning groups will receive a pre-recorded message advising them of the current situation as each trigger level is reached.

To be included in a flood warning group, please contact the Regional Council on 0800 884 880.

During a storm event there will also be information released to the media.

Urban flooding 

Flooding issues within the Bay of Plenty's towns and cities are managed by the local District or City Councils. Problems with stormwater flooding, public/municipal drinking water supplies, sewage overflows can be directed to your local Council.

Stormwater Flooding At Papamoa

Stormwater flooding at Papamoa

Territorial Authority Contact Details

Opotiki District Council

www.odc.govt.nz

(07) 315 3030

Whakatane District Council

www.whakatane.govt.nz

(07) 306 0500

Kawerau District Council

www.kaweraudc.govt.nz

(07) 306 9009

Western Bay of Plenty District Council

www.westernbay.govt.nz

(07) 571 8008

Rotorua Lakes Council

www.rdc.govt.nz

(07) 348 4199

Bay of Plenty Emergency Management

www.bopcivildefence.govt.nz

0800 884 880

Tauranga City Council

www.tauranga.govt.nz

(07) 577 7000

NZ Transport Agency (up-to-date SH roading info is available on the NZTA website)

www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/4

0800 44 44 49