1 Jan 2012

Rivers still rising in Bay of Plenty

12:11 pm on 1 January 2012

River levels in the Bay of Plenty are still rising and holidaymakers and residents are advised to take care.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council says some areas in the eastern Bay have had up to 300mm of rain. But no property or lives are at risk.

MetService says more showers are expected.

The Whakatane river is expected to peak again early on Sunday afternoon.

The council says some roads are closed because of slips, including State Highway Two at Waimana.

Meanwhile, the Waimana Creek has burst its banks and police say water has come up to the backyards of several homes.

Nearby roads are flooded and motorists are asked to stay away.