Settlements in the Far North are feeling the pinch with the continued closure of State Highway 1.
The road south of Kaitaia has been severely damaged and could be closed for months.
More wild weather last night downed powerlines close to the washed out section and added to road workers woes as they try to reinstate the Mangamuka Gorge.
The closure has drawn the ire of locals and ignited calls for more long-term government investment in Northland's roading infrastructure.
Katie Todd is in Kaitaia and joins Lisa Owen with the details.