Motorists urged to take extra care as heavy rain hits Hawkes Bay and Gisborne


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is urging people to take extra care on the roads due to heavy rain, which is expected to continue tomorrow (Monday 7 February).

Waka Kotahi Regional Manager Maintenance and Operations Jaclyn Hankin asked motorists to drive to the conditions and avoid unnecessary travel.

“Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly and there is a chance we may need to close some roads due to flooding and slips.

“If you need to head home after the long weekend tomorrow, please stay alert, increase your following distances and keep your speed down.

“Watch out for unexpected hazards like surface flooding in low-lying areas, potholes, slips or fallen trees. Heavy rain can also reduce visibility”, says Ms Hankin.

Before travelling motorists should check the Waka Kotahi travel information site Journey Planner for latest updates on road closures.

Journey Planner(external link)

Motorists should also be mindful of contractors who could be out clearing hazards off the road, and drive slowly through work sites.

Waka Kotahi is closely monitoring the state highway network and crews are out working to clear slips and ensure the safety of motorists.

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