Region soaked by winter storm
Heavy rain in the region caused extensive flooding and road closures yesterday.
A slip on Rocks Road reduced the state highway to one lane but both lanes were reopened by 6pm, the New Zealand Transport Agency said.
"We thank people for their patience and ask everyone to take care," a spokesman said.
A section of Waimea Rd between Nelson Hospital and Bishopdale has also been reopened as surface flooding around the city recedes.
Landlord Frank Saxton, knee-high in water, said eight shops were flooded from water coming down Emano St.
The flooding was being aggravated by box waves from cars driving through the street.
"I have never seen anything like this in 35 years," he said.
He called the police, and a fire crew had turned up, he said.
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Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management stood down its Civil Defence Centre at the Victory Community Centre in Totara Street yesterday evening.
Some pupils who lived in parts of Golden Bay where flooding was possible were sent home at lunchtime.
Those areas were Kotinga, Onekaka, Rangihaeata, the Pupu Valley and Upper Takaka. A staff member at Golden Bay High said there was a lot of surface water around, but she believed it was generally okay.
Drivers are being warning to care on wet roads around the Tasman region following widespread surface flooding.
Substantial rain had fallen, with a deluge of 146mm in six hours up to 1pm in Golden Bay, said Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat.
Surface flooding had also been reported in Brightwater, Motueka, Mapua, Seaton Valley and the Moutere Highway, and council contractors were out checking the roads, he said.
''We're dealing with a large amount of rain that has fallen on already saturated ground.
''We need to look at concerns around slips on hills, and with surface flooding, please drive carefully.''
In Brightwater, volunteer firefighters helped move household items in a basement of a home in Lord Rutherford Rd South that flooded with 100mm of water, said brigade controller Ross Stratford.
They were also called to Ellis St where a back garden was being flooded.
''There's a lot of water on the roads, it just can't get away fast enough,'' said Stratford.
The Nelson Mail