Weather causes washout

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

If you were trav­el­ling down Toko­roa’s Key Rd on Satur­day you could have been for­given for think­ing you’d stum­bled upon the set of a Hol­ly­wood nat­u­ral dis­as­ter movie.

That’s be­cause a sub­stan­tial sec­tion of the road had been washed away due to the wet and wild weather.

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil road­ing man­ager Trevor Mein said the rea­son the road fell away was from a com­bi­na­tion of heavy rain and de­bris along a nearby river.

‘‘The rain washed de­bris into the cul­vert, block­ing it. Once the cul­vert be­came blocked the wa­ter pres­sure built and the road gave way,’’ he said.

Mein said the road was not un­sound be­fore the in­ci­dent and thank­fully no one was in­jured.

‘‘Weather events cre­ate is­sues like this from time to time. All roads are mon­i­tored and main­tained on an an­nual sched­ule,’’ he said.

‘‘The coun­cil’s road mon­i­tor­ing and main­te­nance pro­gramme is on­go­ing and nor­mal pro­ce­dure is fol­lowed.’’

He said the coun­cil was work­ing to re­pair the road which is hoped to be opened again early next week.

‘‘The work is weather de­pen­dant. Win­ter is not the best time of year for road­ing works un­for­tu­nately,’’ he said.

‘‘We will in­stall a cul­vert and fix the road to get the road open and make it safe. In the com­ing months there will be on­go­ing as­sess­ment and a per­ma­nent fix will be done in sum­mer. ‘‘

‘‘Weather events cre­ate is­sues like this from time to time.’’ Trevor Mein

Key Rd off Mos­sop Rd in Toko­roa after re­cent wet and wild weather.

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