27 Nov 2023

Northern Hawke's Bay and Te Tairāwhiti dealing with flooding once again

From Morning Report, 7:57 am on 27 November 2023

Wairoa's Civil Defence controller says some of the slips caused by the weekend's heavy rain are worse than those after Cyclone Gabrielle. 

Communities throughout northern Hawke's Bay and Te Tairāwhiti again had to deal with flooding, closed and damaged roads, power outages, and rivers breaching their banks. 

State Highway 2 just south of Wairoa is closed due to a large slip that came down early on Sunday. 

One person died and another was seriously injured after hitting the landslide.

Waka Kotahi says a geotechnical assessment shows more work is needed before the road can safely reopen. 

Wairoa civil defence controller Juanita Savage spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.