With rain steadily falling across the West Coast and Buller today, and the Buller River rising rapidly, the NZ Transport Agency is advising drivers to avoid the Buller Gorge overnight.
Both Murchison to Westport (SH6) or Reefton to Murchison (State highways 69 and 6) should be avoided, says Moira Whinham, Maintenance Contract Manager for the Transport Agency on the West Coast.
The Buller River has reached its alarm point at Te Kuha of 8.4 metres.
“At 8.8 metres the river floods the highway, and it is possible that the state highway will close overnight,” she says.
Drivers are advised to check the Transport Agency’s website nzta.govt.nz/traffic for up to date travel information before deciding to travel.
“People should keep away from the Buller Gorge overnight given the added risks of the dark,” says Moira Whinham.
West Coast Regional Council flood monitoring service showing levels of Buller River: https://data.wcrc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/HydWebServer.cgi(external link)
The State Highway network is currently affected by heavy rain and strong winds, with a number of strong wind warnings across the South Island.
Both Murchison to Westport (SH6) or Reefton to Murchison (State highways 69 and 6) trips should be delayed until tomorrow and check before you head off.
SH6 has just closed due to flooding at Inangahua Junction. Check our web pages for updates in the morning: