Latest predictions from MetService and Waikato Regional Council show the effects of the approaching storm are unlikely to have a significant impact in the Waikato Region. However, the combination of rain, wind and king tides could still cause some issues and people are advised to take a precautionary approach and be aware of possible effects in low-lying coastal areas and alongside rivers.
Hauraki District Council controller Steve Fabish says the period to watch is from midday Thursday through to dawn on Friday, in particular around high tide times of 8.45pm and 9.20am.
“While the impact is not likely to be as significant as it was during the January event, these storms are changeable in nature so people should stay prepared and keep up with MetService and Council updates,” he said.
Some water on roads and inundation of low lying areas is still expected and Council staff will be present in the Kaiaua Coast area around high tide times monitoring the situation.
- Have a plan
- Make sure you have supplies and medication to last for a few days should you be cut off
- Think about where you might self-evacuate to, such as friends and family, in the event you have to leave your home.
- Lift things off the floor
- Cover gully traps and septic tank mushrooms
- Disconnect and raise water pumps
- Put plywood in front of exposed windows
- Move vehicles to higher ground
- Fill sandbags (available from Kaiaua Fire Station)
An online hub for rainfall and flood related information has been set up by Waikato Regional Council to help people more easily keep up to date with any weather events in the region.
The Flood Room can be found at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/flood-room
Latest weather forecasts are available at www.metservice.com
Local radio - Check stations and frequencies www.waikatoregioncdemg.govt.nz/NewsandEvents
Regular updates will also be posted on our Council Facebook page www.facebook.com/haurakidistrictcouncil as well as here on our HDC website.