Te Karaka access open

Relief arrived for Te Karaka residents yesterday when floodwaters across State Highway 2 dropped sufficiently for the highway to be reopened and Te Karaka was able to reconnect to the world.

The township was cut off by floodwater that closed the highway north and south yesterday morning.

“The best news today is that State Highway 2 north is now fully open,” said Tairawhiti Roads journey manager Helen Harris.

“There are some spots that have been signed up overnight and speed restrictions will apply on the Waikohu No. 2 Bridge, but an open road with restrictions is definitely better than a closed road.”

The rural road situation around the region remains extremely difficult and as of first thing this morning, the Gisborne District Council website showed more than 40 roads closed.

“There are still heaps of local roads closed, or under caution, generally due to floodwater, slips, debris or silt on the road,” Ms Harris said.

She urges the community to check the council website for the latest update and drive to the conditions.

“The advice for everyone is that even though it has stopped raining, the ground is soaked.

“So it’s likely more slips, dropouts, potholes, debris and trees will continue to be a problem in the days ahead,” Ms Harris said.

“Please expect the unexpected, particularly if you are up early on the roads in the darkness — things change rapidly.”

Road contractors continue to monitor a slip on State Highway 35 at Kopuaroa, north of Te Puia.

“It’s on the move again. Please take care if you are travelling through that area.”

Contractors had made significant progress in removing debris from around the Wigan Bridge, but the heavy rain on Monday night and Tuesday morning undid some of that work, and some more debris was washed around the structure.

“A blue metal freight container that washed up along the nearby riverbank had apparently travelled 7km down the river,” Ms Harris said.

“It was gutting for the contractors who have worked so incredibly hard to clear up this spot, and of course it means another bridge inspection too.”

A further update on the roading situation will be provided by Tairawhiti Roads at 6pm tonight.

“Weather reports that the weather system had passed through our district were welcome news yesterday and we can look forward to a few fine days.”

Relief arrived for Te Karaka residents yesterday when floodwaters across State Highway 2 dropped sufficiently for the highway to be reopened and Te Karaka was able to reconnect to the world.

The township was cut off by floodwater that closed the highway north and south yesterday morning.

“The best news today is that State Highway 2 north is now fully open,” said Tairawhiti Roads journey manager Helen Harris.

“There are some spots that have been signed up overnight and speed restrictions will apply on the Waikohu No. 2 Bridge, but an open road with restrictions is definitely better than a closed road.”

The rural road situation around the region remains extremely difficult and as of first thing this morning, the Gisborne District Council website showed more than 40 roads closed.

“There are still heaps of local roads closed, or under caution, generally due to floodwater, slips, debris or silt on the road,” Ms Harris said.

She urges the community to check the council website for the latest update and drive to the conditions.

“The advice for everyone is that even though it has stopped raining, the ground is soaked.

“So it’s likely more slips, dropouts, potholes, debris and trees will continue to be a problem in the days ahead,” Ms Harris said.

“Please expect the unexpected, particularly if you are up early on the roads in the darkness — things change rapidly.”

Road contractors continue to monitor a slip on State Highway 35 at Kopuaroa, north of Te Puia.

“It’s on the move again. Please take care if you are travelling through that area.”

Contractors had made significant progress in removing debris from around the Wigan Bridge, but the heavy rain on Monday night and Tuesday morning undid some of that work, and some more debris was washed around the structure.

“A blue metal freight container that washed up along the nearby riverbank had apparently travelled 7km down the river,” Ms Harris said.

“It was gutting for the contractors who have worked so incredibly hard to clear up this spot, and of course it means another bridge inspection too.”

A further update on the roading situation will be provided by Tairawhiti Roads at 6pm tonight.

“Weather reports that the weather system had passed through our district were welcome news yesterday and we can look forward to a few fine days.”

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