Significant Rainfall in the District

(Posted on: June 13)

Manawatū District Council emergency and roading staff are continuing to monitor the roads and river levels in the district following the significant rainfall in the Ruahine Ranges.

Council’s general manager infrastructure, Hamish Waugh says that the high river flows have caused several roads and bridges to be closed.

“We have not received any additional reports of any roading issues overnight” says Mr Waugh, “though this can change as the water makes it way downstream.”

“Our operations team are out checking the roads and bridges for any damage before reopening them.”

Most rivers have peaked and are now receding, however with more rain forecast today we will be closely monitoring the rivers.

Drivers are advised to take care on the roads, slips or flooding can occur quickly and we may not be aware of them or been able to place warning signage.

Horizons have opened the Moutua floodway gates closing the road at Opiki and are expecting them to be in operation until midday Thursday.

The district roads that are closed or require extra caution are:

  • Limestone Road – Large Slip (Road Closed)
  • Raumai Bridge – Road OPEN
  • Churchill Bridge – Road Closed (Flooding)
  • Takapari Road – Road Closed (Large slip)
  • Ridge Road – Road Opened (Large Slips)
  • Coultiers Lines – Road OPEN
  • Hoihere Road – Road Closed – (Flooding)
  • Pohangina Valley East Road – caution multiple slips and flooding
  • Renfrew Road – Road Closed (Slips)
  • Rongotea Road – Kopene Bridge
  • Almadale Road – Oroua River (Road Closed)
  • Tunipo Road – Road Closed (Large Slip)
  • Opawe Road – Road Closed (culvert washout) ·        
  • Ferry Road Tangimoana – Road under water  

 The most current district road status can be found on our web page