Heavy rain takes toll

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Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay has re­ceived some fi­nal wet spring weather to wel­come in sum­mer.

Part of Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay re­ceived more than 100mm of rain in un­der an hour last Mon­day, cre­at­ing lo­calised sur­face flood­ing is­sues, mi­nor slips and road­side drains in­un­dated.

Par­tic­u­larly af­fected were the Flem­ing­ton and Tikokino ar­eas, with other parts of the dis­trict re­ceiv­ing little or light rain.

Road clo­sures in­cluded East­wood Road, Makaretu Road, Wakarara Road, Hi­ranui Road and Tay­lor’s Slab in On­gaonga.

The weather re­sulted mostly in sur­face flood­ing and a few mi­nor slips.

Road­ing crews were busy work­ing across the net­work and have been able to re­open sev­eral roads, re­sult­ing in mi­nor dis­rup­tion to road users.

CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil took a proac­tive ap­proach by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to re­port any is­sues af­fect­ing the road­ing net­work, and it was en­cour­aged by the level of re­sponse.

Early re­port­ing of is­sues helped road­ing crews and en­abled them to ad­dress is­sues as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Coun­cil crews worked through the nights of high rain­fall to ei­ther have roads re­opened or work­ing to en­sure dis­rup­tion was min­imised. “From les­sons learnt in pre­vi­ous events our lo­cal con­trac­tors worked to en­sure dis­rup­tion was min­imised for our com­mu­nity,” says Doug Tate, group man­ager Cus­tomer and Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships.

“A great ex­am­ple of this was our team work­ing with lo­cal bus op­er­a­tors to pi­lot school buses through the al­ter­nate road routes and flood wa­ters if re­quired.”

The se­vere rain­fall event was the fourth se­vere weather event in CHB this cal­en­dar year, with im­pacts on the dis­trict’s road­ing net­work.

The full ex­tent of dam­age from the event is still be­ing as­sessed.

Dam­age to Ngawaka Road in Flem­ing­ton, caused by the re­cent heavy rain.

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