The Te Reinga Bridge has now been closed to vehicles and pedestrians due to rising river levels.
The closure is effectively immediately (Tuesday January 10, 2pm).
Wairoa District Council staff have been closely monitoring the effects of earlier rainfall in the Tairawhiti district, and Cyclone Hale, with all indicators in line with a closure as per the Trigger Action Response Plan developed as part of the temporary design repair.
Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Kitea Tipuna said with more rainfall expected over the next 48 hours, from a safety perspective, closing the bridge to vehicles and pedestrians is the only option.
“Our team will continue to monitor and assess the situation. “Public safety is paramount, and we thank the community for their ongoing patience.”
Council will update the bridge status via direct messaging, Facebook posts and our website.
10 January 2023
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