Dozens of roads have been closed across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula due to flooding caused by rivers, blocked drains, and earthquake damage.
Lights have also failed at the intersection of Durham St and Moorhouse Ave.
Parts of Flockton St, Warrington St, Barbadoes St, Edward Ave, Rivers Rd, Thornton St, Speights St, Harrison St and Carrick St have been closed this morning, as well as Eastern Tce and Deans Ave between Moorhouse Ave and Riccarton Rd.
State Highway 74 from Port Hills Rd to Tunnel Rd, in Heathcote, has also experienced flooding in the city-bound lane, the Summit Rd has been closed between the Sign of the Kiwi and Gebbies Pass.
Restrictions are also in place because of surface flooding on Madras St, Barbadoes St, Bealey Ave, the Fitzgerald Ave bridge, the intersection of Colombo and Brougham streets, Opawa Rd, and the Northwood roundabout.
In the Waimakariri District, the Ashley Bridge closed at 6am because of rising river levels, and all fords in the district had been closed.
State Highway 75 from Little River to Akaroa was severely flooded but has reopened after closing early this morning, briefly cutting off Akaroa from the rest of the region.
The Christchurch City Council said it had traffic management plans in place for flood-affected streets and was assisting residents.
Anyone with concerns should call the council's call centre on 03 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.
The council also warned that floodwaters could be contaminated, and advised residents to avoid the water where possible or make sure to wash their hands and remove and wash any clothing that got wet.
- The Press
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