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Wairarapa motorists asked to take care with heavy rain forecast to hit the region


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is urging motorists to take care and avoid unnecessary travel, with a Heavy Rain Warning in place for the Wairarapa through until late tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Regional Manager Maintenance and Operations Mark Owen says motorists should expect the unexpected and remain alert.

“Avoid unnecessary travel and take care. Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly and there is a chance we may need to close some roads.

“If you have to travel, drive to the conditions and watch out for surface flooding, slips, potholes, fallen trees or branches and downed powerlines.

“Treat all powerlines as live. Slow down and maintain a greater following distance between your vehicle and the one in front.

“Check your intended route for hazards or disruptions before setting out and remain alert for unreported hazards.”

Updates will be posted on the Waka Kotahi social media pages and on our Journey Planner website:

Mr Owen asks motorists to be mindful of contractors who could be out clearing hazards off the road, and drive slowly through work sites.

“We want to see everyone get home safely. Stay safe and stay alert.”


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