27 Sep 2016

Major East Coast highway reopens after slip

8:22 am on 27 September 2016

A major highway in the Gisborne region is now partially open after heavy rain caused a slip in the area.

A car is dragged out of floodwaters in the Coromandel.

A car needed to be dragged out of floodwaters in the Coromandel yesterday. Photo: RNZ / Mohamed Hassan

One lane of State Highway 35, between Te Araroa and Tolaga Bay in the Gisborne region, is now open.

The Transport Agency has urged people to take extra care when travelling in the area.

MetService said the heavy rain in the area was expected to ease this morning, but further periods of light or moderate rain is forecast for Wednesday and may become heavy again on Thursday.