Heavy rain brings floods to region

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 29/11/2013
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Michele Ong

Relentless rain that hit South Taranaki yesterday kept contractor Tom Edgecomb busy as he spent the afternoon draining floodwaters from roads.

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South Taranaki bore the brunt of torrential rain yesterday.

Firefighters and council staff were kept busy by a number of slips and floods in the area.

Floodwaters surged onto a property on Patea's Essex St and firecrews spent 45-minutes draining the lawn. They were called to the scene at 3.30pm.

Patea's chief fire officer Grant Hurley said the property was deluged with nearly half a metre of water.

"Water had also gone under the door and into the house," he said.

A slip on State Highway 3, near Whenuakura, blocked both lanes.

Diversions were put in place and a narrow path was cleared for heavy vehicles.

South Taranaki District Council communications manager Gerard Langford said both Waverley and Manaia suffered surface floodings, and there was a slip at Mangawhio's Lakes Rd.

Both Waikare Rd and Mangawhio Rd were also closed.

Inframax worker Tom Edgecomb was ankle deep in water when the Taranaki Daily News spoke to him as he cleared Manaia's South Rd.

Mr Edgecomb believed there were "hundreds of gallons" of water on the road.

"This is my third one today," Mr Edgecomb said. "I'll have to dry my boots out after this."

According to the Taranaki Regional Council rain figures, Patea recorded 33.4 millimetres of rain between noon and 4.30 yesterday.

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