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Regional Council responding to flooding issues

Saturday, 29 January 2011 10:45 a.m.

For immediate release:  10.45am - Update number 4

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Rivers and Drainage staff are responding to flooding issues throughout the region, following a night of heavy rain.
Community Relations Manager Bronwyn Campbell said that although rain had cleared and MetService had lifted a heavy rain warning for the region, staff were continuing to respond to calls.
"Very heavy rain occurred from Te Puke east from 5am this morning, with some sites receiving 50mm per hour," Ms Campbell said.
Much of the region has had flooding from overtopping drains, streams and canals and surface flooding from the intense falls, and the Regional Council's flood room is operational.
Kaituna River is flowing at about a 10 year event at present but showing signs of peaking. The Mangorewa River (a major tributary to the Kaituna River) peaked at 8.5m earlier this morning.
Tarawera River is peaking at present at a level of 2.45m, approximately a 10 year event.
The Whakatāne River continues to rise, with modelling predicting a peak flow of 2000 - 2200 cumecs at 10pm tonight, a flow very similar to last Monday's peak.
Waioeka River is also rising with a predicted peak at 11am this morning of 1100 cumecs, somewhere between a 10 and 20 year event.
Rainfall totals for the 24hrs to 9am this morning from selected sites are:
• Waimana at Ranger Station  148mm
• Tarawera at Awakaponga 150mm
• Kaituna at Te Matai 162mm
• Tumerau Lagoon  281mm (to be confirmed)
• Rotorua City 139mm
The District Health Board has warned that people should also avoid swimming and recreational contact in all rivers, streams and harbours for 48 hours as farm runoff may have contaminated them with effluent. There have been a number of sewage overflows reported into Tauranga Harbour so people are advised to avoid contact with the water until further notice.
The Whakatane River Bar is currently unworkable. Boaties should listen to their local radio station for updates on the situation.
For latest updates on the weather event across the region, please visit the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's website or Facebook page:
For live monitoring and regional rainfall data go to and click on the Live Monitoring Link.

For further information on weather predictions please go to

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For further media information please contact Bronwyn Campbell, Community Relations Manager on 021 287 9380.

Whakatāne Road Closure information

Road Closures    02 Date:    29 January 2011 Time: 9:20

Road Name Status Comments
Ohope Rd Restricted to one lane Surface flooding
Apanui Ave Closed Surface flooding
Douglas St Closed Surface flooding
Valley Rd Caution Surface flooding
Martin Place Caution Surface flooding
Peace St Closed Surface flooding
McAllister Rd Closed Flooding
Jubilee Crescent Closed flooding
Hillcrest Rd Closed  Slip Seaview Lookout

Galatea Rd Closed Slip- Snake Hill
Stanley Rd Closed Waimana end - flooding
Waimana Gorge Closed 
Gow Rd Closed 
Omeheu Rd Closed 
SH2 Matata Straights Closed Expected to be open in 3hrs
SH2 -Caverhill Rd Restricted Slip
SH2 Kutarere &Waiotahi Single lane Slip
White Pine Bush Rd Caution Slip
Puriri Crescent Closed Flooded
Rata Place Closed flooded
Titoki place Closed Flooded

For further media information, please contact the Public Information Manager Barney Dzowa on 07 306 0500 or 027 2333 522.

Tauranga City Council information

Media Advisory: Surface Flooding and slips on Tauranga Roads
There is surface flooding on SH2 between Baypark and the Domain Road roundabout. The road is open but drivers need to take extra care when driving through the area and drive to the conditions.
Surface flooding is also affecting Oropi Road near the Renner Park Golf Club and Triton Avenue.  Oropi Road remains open but care is required.  Triton Avenue is closed.
There is also a slip on Oropi Road between Glenlyon Avenue and Chadwick Road.  The slip is currently being cleared by contractors and there is temporary traffic management in place.
Flooding appears to be receding but drivers are advised to take care around City this morning as there may still be surface flooding in other areas

Media Advisory: Sewerage Overflows Around the City
Due to the heavy rain last night there is widespread contamination in the harbour, estuaries and waterways around the City.
Please avoid contact with the water.  Fishing, shellfish gathering and swimming should be avoided until further notice.
For further information contact Graeme Dohnt, Tauranga City Council Drainage Service Manager on 021 2777 690

Rotorua District Council information

Night of heavy rain in Rotorua prompts warnings

ROTORUA 9.30am 29.01.11:

Following a night of heavy rain Rotorua residents and visitors are being warned to take extra care on roads in and around the city and district, and to avoid swimming or taking fish from swollen streams.

Rain drenched Rotorua and surrounding areas over a 10 hour period from Friday evening with an intense spell recording 52mm of rainfall between 2am and 4am.

Rotorua District Council engineering services manager Andy Bell said the storm was a virtual repeat of last weekend's weather event but "probably more intense and of shorter duration". He said it had resulted in many of the same problems experienced last weekend.

"As a health precaution we're warning residents to avoid swimming or taking fish from rivers and streams that pass through urban areas and where they discharge into Lake Rotorua. This warning will remain in place for a couple of days and follows reports of some sewage overflows at the city wastewater treatment plant and a number of sewer pump stations.

"We are also warning people to take extra care on roads and to minimise travel where they can.

"There have been slips on roads throughout the district, reports of branches and trees coming down, and surface road flooding in many areas.

"While the heaviest rain appears to have stopped and the weather warning now lifted, the storm's effects will be felt for some time and council crews will be out working over the next few days.

Lake Rotorua passed its maximum levels this morning and while flows from swollen rivers and streams mean it could continue to rise for a period of time it was not expected to cause major problems at this stage.

A number of local roads and state highways have suffered flooding and slips. State Highway 5 (Rotorua - Tirau road) has a diversion in place near Lake View Golf Course, with traffic having to use Dansey Road as an alternative.

State Highway 30 south of the city (Rotorua - Atiamuri road), and east of the city (Rotorua - Whakatane road) has a number of slips and is down to one lane in places with some traffic delays likely.

Slips have also been reported on a number of other roads and council crews are fully mobilised making them safe.

In the Rotorua city flash flooding occurred in several spots with areas around Tarewa, Sunset and Ford roads amongst the worse affected. For many property owners this is the second weekend in a row that they have had to deal with flooding.

Mr Bell said Rotorua District Council crews had been working throughout the district since the early hours of the morning and the council's rescue team had been working with police to make sure residents were safe. He said clean-up work would take a number of days.

Media: for further comment:

-        Andy Bell, Engineering Services Manager, Rotorua District Council, phone 07 362 8357 (home), mobile 0274, 653 132

-        Peter Dine, Works Manager (roads), Rotorua District council, mobile 0274 929 389

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