Storms in the Bay of Plenty
Saturday, 19 April 2014 8:45 a.m.
The severe thunderstorm watch for the Bay of Plenty has now been lifted and there have been no further reports of any significant flooding or damage across the region today. The clean up will take time but it looks like the worst has past.
186mm of rain fell over the last 24 hours in Whakatane with heavy periods reaching intensities of up to 54mm/hour.
In addition to Whakatane District Council Staff working tirelessly over the last 24 hours, The Bay of Plenty Regional Council Flood Management team have been working around the clock to ensure the flood schemes continued to do their job though out, as have all on call staff across the region.
The storms of the past few days have caused some issues around the Bay of Plenty. The worst hit areas appear to be around Whakatāne and the eastern Bay.
A number of areas in Whakatāne, Ōhope and Coastlands have experienced surface flooding, power outages, and other issues. Several roads are currently closed due to flooding, slips and other hazards. The Whakatane Emergency Operations Centre was activated yesterday evening.
Some properties have been evacuation in the Alexander Ave/Douglas Street area.
More information is available at www.whakatane.govt.nz
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
River levels are high around the region with ‘first warning’ levels past last night but have since dropped away.
The Whakatāne River at Valley Road has passed the first warning level and boats are being removed from their moorings on the river.
The Okere Gates are at their maximum setting (full open) and the Rotoiti lake level is falling slightly. The Gates are likely to remain open the rest of the weekend but will be reviewed regularly.
There are many power outages at pump stations for drainage schemes and power companies are working to restore power and Regional Council staff are also attending to pumps.
You can find out more about current river levels and other information on Regional Council’s Live Monitoring site.
The Severe Weather Warning for the Bay of Plenty has now been lifted however a watch remains in place with unsettled weather forecast to continue over today. Thunderstorms are expected to become more widespread as the day warms. The Metservice website has detailed information for the region.
Regional Council and other local national and local authorities will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide regular updates as the situation changes.