25 Jun 2010

Coromandel Peninsula flooding prompts warning to motorists

6:21 pm on 25 June 2010

Motorists should avoid driving to the Coromandel Peninsula because of flooding on the roads, say police.

State Highway 25 is closed in several places on the peninsula after 160 millimetres of rain fell in the past 24 hours. Another 90mm is expected before Saturday morning.

Police say the area from the one-lane bridge at Marae Road to Goldfields Road, just south of Coromandel, is under half a metre of water and things are predicted to get worse.

Caution is also being advised along other parts of State Highway 25 between Thames and Hikuai.

Manaia Road, Te Rerenga and Mcleods Straight near Whitianga are closed.

Hauraki District Council says the peninsula is cut off and motorists should avoid driving.

Heavy rain is expected in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay in the next few days.