The NZ Transport Agency is advising Northland drivers to take care on State Highway 10 near Kaeo because of flooding and tonight’s high tide.
Access for road users is already restricted to one lane and surface flooding in the area is likely to be aggravated when the tide peaks at 5.30 this evening.
“We will do everything we can to keep the highway open, but it will be closed if the combination of weather and the tide puts people at risk,” says the Transport Agency’s Regional Journey Manager Jacqui Hori-Hoult.
Ms Hori-Hoult says people need to take care across the Northland state highway network. In several places, strong winds have bought down trees and heavy rain has caused flooding.
“With night falling so quickly at this time of year, it is a case of expecting the unexpected particularly in rural areas where little street lighting is available. People should drop speeds and increase following distances to reduce the risk of a crash if a vehicle ahead has to brake suddenly.”
General highway conditions are available at www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current-conditions or www.highwayinfo.govt.nz (Freephone 0800 4HIGHWAYS)