Watching brief for Civil Defence in Taranaki

Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management continues to monitor river levels in the region, and to liaise with Councils and other agencies.

Update: 4.40pm

NZ Transport Agency advises that SH3 at Awakino Gorge is now open and one lane of SH43 (Forgotten World Highway) is open between Moki Rd & Mangaparo Rd  See the agency's Facebook page for details.

Most Civil Defence staff will be stood down this afternoon now but will remain on call should the situation change. The Emergency Coordination Centre will remain activated.

Controller Shane Briggs says he’s pleased with the way Councils, emergency services and other agencies worked together in response to this week’s severe weather.

“The impacts have been relatively minor to date, and those who were affected responded well,” he says. “Events like this can be expected from time to time, and it’s important to be prepared.”

The Waitotara River level is now falling and no evacuations were required overnight.   Instances of surface flooding have been reported elsewhere.

Further rain is expected on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

For emergency preparedness advice, see https://happens.nz/

For state highway updates in Taranaki and adjoining regions, see http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

Authorised by Shane Briggs, CDEM Controller