Thanks for listening!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Thank you Waikato! Although the storm bypassed most of the Waikato region, it could easily have been so much more serious. And you listened and responded – whether it was heading home early, keeping off the roads or getting your emergency kit ready – thank you from us.

Although the Coromandel Peninsula lifted the state of emergency this morning, the recovery will last several more days.

There has been extensive surface flooding in parts of the Waikato, especially the Hauraki and Matamata-Piako areas, and river levels are elevated – to record highs in places. But no major flood-related problems have been reported so far in the region. However, the region is very saturated and those river levels are expected to stay high for some days, while surface flooding will also take some time to drain, perhaps several weeks in parts.

The regional council’s local flood response teams in parts of the region have been very active in monitoring the flood protection network and responding to any issues as they arise. They will continue to monitor the network closely.

Ponding of surface water on farm land and ongoing drainage is expected to continue for up to a week in eastern areas. River levels at Ngatea are expected to rise over the next few days as water works its way through the system. People are encouraged to call Waikato Regional Council on 0800 800 401 if they have any concerns over stopbank or other flood scheme-related matters.

Rural Support Trust in partnership with Civil Defence is working with farmers to ensure they and their stock are okay.  If you’re a farmer, please keep an eye on your neighbours. If you need it, advice or other assistance is available by calling 0800 RURAL HELP (0800 787 254).

Before you drive anywhere this weekend, plan ahead, check your route at  www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/ and please drive safely.

Thanks for listening!