Council has advised people living south of the Arawhata Bridge to
South Turnbull Road at Okuru is also flooding. A council spokesperson
said many rivers had reached alarm levels and staff were continuing
to monitor them, to ensure preparations for emergency actions.
Transport Agency has extended the closure of the South Westland
Highway 6 between Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers has been closed since
this morning after two slips covered the road.
network manager Colin Hey says the closure now ran from Makarora on
the Otago side of the Haast Pass to south of Hokitika. Motorists will
be stopped at those two points. Mr Hey said it would remain closed
has upgraded watches in many areas to full warnings in place now in
place for Buller, northern Westland and headwaters of north
Defence issued a strong wind warning for Wellington and Wairarapa
from 1pm today through to tomorrow afternoon.
northwest gales gusting up to 120km/h an hour in exposed places could
be expected - especially tomorrow morning.
said residents of north-west Nelson, the Richmond and Tararua Ranges
and around Mount Taranaki should watch for heavy rain.
winds could approach severe gale strength in Fiordland, Southland,
Otago, parts of Canterbury and Marlborough, and MetService urged
residents to keep up to date with the latest forecasts.
rain has been falling in southern Westland, Fiordland and the
headwaters of south Canterbury and Otago lakes.
District Council mayor Bruce Smith said an "incredible"
amount of rain had been forecast], with predictions of between 600mm
and 800mm to fall.
in the region were getting close to the heights of the April 2016
floods which caused $30 million worth of damage.
Highway 94, Te Anau to Milford Sound, is subject to a heavy rain
Franz Josef restaurant manager said people could be trapped in the
town if river levels continued to rise.
rain caused the nearby Waiho River to rise and start running over the
some parts of Westland, up to 800 millimetres of rainfall is
Pangan of Blue Ice Restaurant said she may not be able to go home if
the bridge was damaged.
Pangan said she was forced to cross the State Highway 6 bridge into
Franz Josef so she could get to work.
said the restaurant was preparing for a busy night, especially if
people were unable to get back home.