While rain has continued to fall on the West Coast and upper South Island overnight, there have been no further closures to the region’s state highways. West Coast routes remain open, and the most significant network issues are centred on Nelson, Marlborough, and Takaka.
The MetService has issued a Red Warning for Westland and Buller – it means the West Coast and upper South Island could see rainfall similar to that in the weather events of February this year and July 2021.
Highways South, the highway maintenance contractor for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in Southland, is reminding farmers to keep their livestock secure on the two-year anniversary of a traumatic crash with a cow which almost cost a local man his life.
Road crews have managed to clear treefalls, slips, and debris that had forced the closure of this road overnight and today. This involved significant effort as not only did fallen trees have to be removed but so too did those at risk of falling onto the road.
The route between Blenheim and Nelson remains closed today. Contractors are working to clear slips and tree falls on Whangamoa Hill. Atrocious weather conditions meant it was unsafe to do this work overnight.
Luggate’s Red Bridge, on SH8A near Wanaka, will be closed Monday and Tuesday, 15 and 16 August, for scaffolding to come down now that bridge repairs are completed, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.