Many Chch roads still closed

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 13:35 18/06/2013
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HEAVY GOING: A cyclist tries to navigate through floodwaters on the Warrington and Barbadoes Streets intersection yesterday. Several roads across the city are still closed and others affected by floodwaters this morning.

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Several roads in Christchurch and across the South Island remain closed this afternoon as the mainland starts drying out after yesterday's deluge.

Only one key state highway in the lower South Island is still shut, and caution is advised on many other arterial roads across the South Island.

In Christchurch, several roads remain closed this afternoon due to flooding.

These are:

  • Edgeware Rd between Geraldine St and Hills Rd - may be closed until Friday due to repairs to sewerage pipes being carried out
  • Clyde Rd
  • Wai-iti Tce - closed from Clyde to Bryndwr
  • Sawyers Arms Rd - end to Broughs
  • River Rd - North Avon to Banks Ave School
  • Locksley Ave - road surface under repair

On Banks Pensinsula, Brocheries Rd, Long Bay Rd, Stoney Bay Rd and Gap Rd remain closed this afternoon due to flooding and landslips.

Also still closed are Camerons Track and Lavericks Ridge Rd in Le Bons Bay, Okains Bay Rd, Duvauchelle, to Okains Bay (slips and fallen debris) and Western Valley Rd - Little River to Port Levy (slips and fallen debris).

The Waimakariri District Council has also listed the following road closures due to flooding:

  • The Ashley Bridge remained closed overnight due to rising river levels. The Toppings Rd detour can now be used again.
  • Dixons Rd, Loburn, closed as the approach to Makerikeri bridge got washed out. Detour via Carrs Rd and Station Rd. The bridge is expected to reopen about 5pm today.
  • All the fords upstream from Browns Rd are closed.

Further afield in the South Island, the NZ Transport Agency advises that State Highway 1 - Pukeuri to Seven Mile Rd - remains closed until further notice because of flooding.

The following state highways are open, but caution is advised because of flooding or slips:

  • SH83 - Georgetown to Otematata (flooding)
  • SH85 - Dunback (slip)
  • SH1 - Milton to Clarksville Junction (flooding)
  • SH60 - Riwaka to Collingwood (flooding and small slips)
  • SH82 - Waimate to Hakataramea (flooding)

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