State Highway closed again after slips

TOM HUNT
Last updated 09:04 02/09/2014

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State Highway 2 between Napier and Wairoa is closed again due to a reccurrence of a slip.

The slip came down at an area known as Devil's Elbow, 9 kilometres south of Tutira, about 7.30am, Wellington police spokesman Inspector Marty Parker said.

However, crews were rushed to the area and SH2 reopened to a single lane at 9.30am, said NZ Transport Agency spokesman Anthony Frith.

However, NZTA advised at about 2.30om that a recurrence of the slip had closed the road again.

Crews were working to reopen the road and an update would be provided later this afternoon, it said..

NZTA advised motorists to delay journeys if possible.

Contractors said it was a "fairly notorious section of highway".

The slip had completely blocked access from Wairoa and Gisborne to southern Hawke's Bay. 

MetService has a severe weather warning in place for heavy rain in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne.

In the ranges behind Gisborne, 100 millimetres of rain fell between late last night and 8.30am today.

In Gisborne, 43mm had fallen in the same period and 38mm had fallen in Napier.

The heavy rain was expected to continue till about midnight tonight. 

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