23 Mar 2011

Coromandel roads reopen after flooding

6:02 am on 23 March 2011

Main roads on the Coromandel peninsula have reopened after flooding although drivers are being advised to take care.

Up to 200 millimetres of rain fell overnight on Monday on parts of the peninsula, causing flooding and slips and cutting off a number of towns.

State Highway 25 from Whitianga to Coromandel town is open on Tuesday.

There is some flooding on the Hikuai-Settlement Road and the Hot Water Beach Road is only passable to four-wheel-drive vehicles.

There are minor slips on Kennedy Bay Road, Blackjack Road, Colville Road and the 309 Road, but the routes are passable.

Fords in the Kauaeranga Valley are passable, but water is still high and swift.

Earlier, rising floodwaters caused a tourist bus to get stuck near Whitianga and 49 passengers had to be rescued.

Gisborne roads

In the Gisborne district, State Highway 35 at Te Puia Springs has reopened.

Some minor roads have been closed by flooding and others are still passable, but care is needed.