Highway crews on the South Island’s West Coast and in Fiordland are ready for surface flooding from the early hours of Sunday morning through to Monday, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager Tresca Forrester.
People should drive to the conditions and stay up to date.
The MetService heavy rain warning covers the Lower South Island, Westland, south of Otira, from early Sunday through to Monday. Strong winds are also forecast, which can make driving challenging.
As a result of the forecast heavy rain, a Saturday business-only, essential services convoy has been organised to go into Milford Sound Piopiotahi ahead of the planned essential services convoys which were to start on Sunday. (Food, fuel, rubbish removal, fishing – see full list in media release link below).
The Saturday convoy of business-only vehicles will leave from Cascade Creek carpark (east of the Homer Tunnel) at 9 am and return after meeting up at the Gulliver River Bridge gate at 3 pm, to be convoyed out again.
This is the only convoy for Saturday.
For updates on the Sunday and Monday convoys and times, please check the below link which will be updated around the weather forecasts.
For background on the planned Milford Sound Piopiotahi businesses-only/essential services convoys followed by tourist buses from 21 February, read the media release
Media release: Update on access to Milford Sound Piopiotahi(external link) – 12 February 2020, 10:18am
Please note, SH94 is currently officially closed to all traffic outside the escorted convoys and emergency services.