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Warnings lifted, clean-up continues

Saturday 12 November, 2022

Weather and sea warnings were lifted off Tairāwhiti today as the focus turns to cleaning up and reconnecting communities.

Tairāwhiti Civil Defence Controller Nedine Thatcher Swann says our region’s roading network is still very fragile with teams out to restore access as safely and quickly as possible.

“There is still land movement out there with new slips and dropouts to deal with so we encourage people to only travel if necessary and drive safely around any damage.

“This is the fifth heavy rain event we’ve had over the past 18 months and I want to thank everyone who has once again helped to fix our roads and keep our communities connected.

“I also want to thank our community as well, for knowing what to do and being prepared.”

State Highway (SH) 35 remains closed between Te Puia Springs and Ruatorea after the road dropped a metre on Kopuaroa Hill. The SH reopened briefly today after road crews built the road back up but it will close again tonight as a precaution in case of another dropout.

Caution is advised on Beach Road in Tokomaru Bay as the road has dropped out in two places reducing it to a single lane, and a sea wall has collapsed.

Ms Thatcher Swann says members of our Civil Defence team will fly up the East Coast by helicopter tomorrow morning. They will be assessing damage and taking food supplies to a whānau on one property.

There are also two properties, one in Tokomaru Bay and one in Gisborne, being closely monitored after land movement caused concern.

Ms Thatcher Swann encourages anyone who notices damage on their properties to please call it in by either;

  1. filing a request for service by using the GDC FIX app on any smartphone,
  2. calling us on 0800 653 800,
  3. email,
  4. or via the eFix service on Council’s website.

Council’s website is being kept up to date with road closures, and visit our Facebook page for up-to-date information.