Drivers urged to take care after floods and slips cover Taranaki roads

Water has flooded across some roads in south and coastal Taranaki. (file photo)
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Water has flooded across some roads in south and coastal Taranaki. (file photo)

Motorists in Taranaki were being encouraged to take care after heavy rain caused slips and flooding on some roads.

Police began receiving calls about water across state highways and rural roads just after 4pm on Tuesday.

Constable Colin Kasperski said drivers needed to be more vigilant on the wet roads.

A slip covered the south bound lane of SH3 near Waverley on Tuesday afternoon.
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A slip covered the south bound lane of SH3 near Waverley on Tuesday afternoon.

"The weather conditions are pretty bad at the moment and we urge motorists to drive to the conditions and take extra care on the roads," Kasperski said.

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A spokeswoman said officers were alerted to flooding across South Rd, Opunake, about 150mm deep and five metres wide at 4.10pm.

About the same time police also received reports of water right across State Highway 45 at Pihama, about 9km away, she said.

A slip crashed down across SH3, about 4.15pm, near the intersection with Rangikura Rd.

"It's covered most of the south bound lane in dirt and rocks," she said.

Soon after, at 4.30pm, police were alerted to water across Ihaia Rd, Opunake, near the intersection with Whitcombe Rd.

"It was reported to be half way up car doors as they drove through."

A tree was reported to be blocking the south bound lane of SH3, near Awakino, just after 8pm.

"We will have to get contractors in to remove it."

Meanwhile a slip on SH43, between Toko and Douglas, was reported to be blocking the west bound lane about 8.20pm.

She said the flooding and slips would be reported to councils so contractors could be dispatched to the sites.

 - Stuff

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