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Weather and roading update

Published: Wed 11 Sep 2019 08:12 AM
As the sun comes out this morning, most of our roads will now be open, except for Blackjack Road, Kuaotunu as there have been multiple slips.
State highway 25 remains closed due to slips near to Cemetery Rd Kuaotunu.
Some schools may also still be closed this morning so please check.
See the NZTA website for updates on SH25 updates.
There may still be minor slips and debris, so please take care on our roads. If you see a Council road that is impassable due to flooding or a debris, call us on 07 868 0200. If the issue is with a State Highway (eg, the Thames Coast Road, Kopu-Hikuai Road) please tell NZ Transport Agency on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can also provide traffic and travel information.
Here are some websites to help you stay informed in weather events:
Check MetService for the latest weather forecasts on this weather system.
We'll also include updates on known local Council road closures. If you see a Council road that is impassable due to flooding or a debris, call us on 07 868 0200. If the issue is with a State Highway (eg, the Thames Coast Road, Kopu-Hikuai Road) please tell NZ Transport Agency on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) to speak to the call centre team who can also provide traffic and travel information.
Check NZTA's website before you travel for the latest information about road closures or work underway. You can also use their journey-planning website www.onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways.
Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play.
Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here.
Emergency Mobile Alert - these can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here
Know your neighbours - phone each other, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK.
Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here.
We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters.
Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here and check out their website for updates here.
To report a power outage contact your provider, however to get further information on power outages see Powerco's webiste.
For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence "Never Happens" website.

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