Severe Weather Event (13/07/17)

Severe Weather Event – UPDATE #2 at 5:00pm, 13/07/17 (final update)

Rain is easing across the Tararua District after a large low covered NZ with snow to low levels. The upper part of the District and the ranges received snowfall overnight. The southern part of the District experienced heavy rain, with surface flooding in Pahiatua.  A weather warning is still in place and rain may increase, with further falls due on Friday morning.

Heavy rain, strong winds and large waves along the coast are now easing.  The power remains out at Akitio village and some areas east of Eketahuna.

Council is responding via a coordination centre and have staff available overnight if required.  Council staff will be monitoring the situation overnight. 

AFFECTED ROADS (district-wide)

Council is still responding to slips on rural roads, for a full list of affected roads and closures in the district, please visit www.tararuadc.govt.nz/roadstatus.

The Saddle Road and the Pahiatua Track are both open to traffic, though motorists are being advised to only travel these if necessary.

Any roads that are closed now, will remain closed overnight. Please only travel if necessary, take extreme care and watch for ice.

The latest updates on affected state highways are available at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic.

WASTEWATER – WASHING MACHINES AND TOILETS

The notice to refrain from using washing machines and flushing toilets has now been lifted. Thank you to residents for their cooperation and understanding during this time.

PAHIATUA EVACUATIONS

The Pahiatua Community Civil Defence Centre has now been closed. This was opened earlier in the day to receive any evacuations and will be opened again if the need arises.

WHERE TO GET INFORMATION:

For the latest official information regarding the severe weather event in our district/region, please refer to the following sites:

www.tararuadc.govt.nz
www.facebook.com/tararuadc
www.facebook.com/civildefencemanawatuwanganui


SEVERE WEATHER EVENT - UPDATE #1 at 12:50pm, 13/07/2017

A large low has covered NZ with snow to low levels. The upper part of the District and the ranges have received snowfall overnight. The southern part of the District is experiencing heavy rain and surface flooding is happening in Pahiatua. 

Coastal areas are experiencing heavy rain, strong winds and large waves.  The power is out at Akitio village and some areas east of Eketahuna.

Many Tararua District roads, as well as state highways, continue to have snow (now melting) on them and are increasingly being affected by surface flooding and slips.

We are expecting heavy rain and wind later today; this is highly likely to result in further surface flooding and slips. Council is responding via a coordination centre and have staff available overnight if required.  The Dannevirke Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is partially open and monitoring the situation. 

Residents and motorists are being advised to avoid travel today, or take extra care if travel is required.

The Saddle Road is open; however Police are requesting people to avoid travelling this route if possible. The Pahiatua Track has a slip on the Palmerston North side and has been reduced to one lane.

PAHIATUA EVACUATIONS

The Pahiatua Community Civil Defence Centre has been opened to receive any evacuations, particularly from Huxley Street and Tiraumea Road.

Council is monitoring the following areas and will provide updates as soon as they become available. Residents in the following areas are encouraged to consider precautionary evacuation or to be ready in case evacuation becomes necessary:

  • Flooding on Tiraumea Road, near Tyndall Street
  • Flooding at the north end of Huxley Street
  • Flooding on Wilson Street and Maire Street

Information for residents preparing for the possibility of evacuation is available at:

http://www.tararuadc.govt.nz/Services/Emergency_Management/Get_Ready_Get_Thru/How_to_Get_Ready/Evacuation

AFFECTED ROADS (district-wide)

We have snow, surface flooding and slips affecting roads across the district. For a list of closed and affected roads, please visit www.tararuadc.govt.nz/roadstatus.

The latest updates on affected state highways is available at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic.

WHERE TO GET INFORMATION:

For the latest official information regarding the severe weather event in our district/region, please refer to the following sites:

www.tararuadc.govt.nz
www.facebook.com/tararuadc
www.facebook.com/civildefencemanawatuwanganui


Thursday, 13 July 2017, 9:30am:

SADDLE AND PAHIATUA TRACK OPEN

There are reports of the Saddle Road and Pahiatua Track being closed, please note this is not correct and both roads are currently open. Police and Higgins are monitoring the roads and are providing updates to Council as they become available.

WHERE TO GET INFORMATION:

For verified information regarding the severe weather event in our district/region, please refer to the following sites:

www.tararuadc.govt.nz
www.facebook.com/tararuadc
www.facebook.com/civildefencemanawatuwanganui

UPDATES ON ROADS AND STATE HIGHWAYS:

The latest updates on affected roads is available at www.tararuadc.govt.nz/roadstatus

The latest updates on affected state highways is available at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

 


 

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 8:37am:

HEAVY SNOW FALL IN TARARUA DISTRICT

If you haven’t looked outside yet, or are yet to get to Tararua… we are covered in snow! At this stage, both the Saddle Road and Pahiatua Track remain open.

The majority of our roads, as well as state highways, are affected by the snow, there is also ice in areas making travel dangerous.

We advise residents to stay at home if possible, to delay travel as long as possible, or drive with extreme caution if travel is required.



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