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UPDATE SUN 26 NOV 7.50am
The Wairoa township area is being impacted by some river and surface flooding.
If you feel unsafe, you should leave your home immediately and, if necessary, dial 111. The Wairoa recovery team is also carrying out welfare checks in the North Clyde area.
Wairoa’s Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre has been stood up and an evacuation centre has been set up at the War Memorial Hall in Queen Street. While there have been no evacuations at this stage, the centre is ready if needed.
Wairoa District Council road crews and Council operations are on the ground. Wairoa Civil Defence, Wairoa District Council and Hawkes Bay Regional continue monitoring rivers, waterways and the weather.
While more rain is forecast for this morning, it is anticipated the river peak has passed, and while it will continue to be wet, the additional rain is unlikely to cause the rivers to rise any further.
SH2 South to Napier is closed near Café 287, and the Awatere Stream levels remain high.
A slip on the Tiniroto Road at the 12.3km has compromised access.
Overnight rainfall has been higher than anticipated, particularly in the Eastern Wairoa catchments. In the past 24 hours, there has been 185 mm of rain (Pukeorapa) and 130mm (Marumaru).
Pukeorapa has a 48-hour total of 250 mm, and Marumaru's 48-hour total is 190 mm.
This substantial rainfall has resulted in higher river levels in the Mangapoike Stream, which has reached the 20-year return period levels. This water is now coming into the Wairoa River. Levels at Marumaru appear to have levelled off in the past couple of hours.
Kopuawhara Stream does not appear to have been overly affected and is still below alert level.
At Nuhaka, the drains are working, and there is no flooding around the former school or Kahungunu Marae. There is some surface flooding on SH2 between Wairoa and Nuhaka near the LDS Chapel at Nuhaka and across the road at Whakaki.
The Wairoa district remains under an orange heavy rain warning, with rain forecast to ease in the afternoon.
Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding, slips, and unstable ground are also possible, and driving conditions may be hazardous.
People are urged to stay home and avoid travelling. If you feel unsafe, please call 111.

26 November 2023

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