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24/12/2018 12:00pm

It’s looks like a wet welcome for Santa Claus in the Hauraki District this year.

A heavy rain warning has been issued for the Coromandel Peninsula from 2pm today until 6am tomorrow and our Civil Defence team is urging motorists to travel with care, expect delays, and keep up to date with information on the weather and the roads around the district.

High tides this evening between 9pm and 9.30pm, combined with the heavy rain, could result in road closures in places like the Criterion Bridge on SH26 at Paeroa, the Karangahake Gorge, the entrance to Thames at Rhodes Park, and SH25 near Whiritoa.  

Miranda Road, near Findlay Road on the Kaiaua Coast, is currently underwater in two places. At this stage, vehicles can still get through but caution is advised. The predicted heavy rainfall could also cause surface flooding and slips in other areas of the district, such as East Coast Road Kaiaua, and SH25 near Whiritoa, so motorists are encouraged to stay alert and be off the roads as early as possible this evening, or to delay their travel until tomorrow. 

Civil Defence is monitoring the situation and will provide regular updates. Motorists should also check the NZ Transport Agency website for road closures and conditions www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic 

The good news is the weather is forecast to improve after Christmas Day and is looking much drier later in the week.