‘Severe flooding’ on State Highway 1 as rain falls on Horowhenua

Motorists are being warned to drive with caution as flooding affects roads in the Horowhenua region.

Police have received reports of severe flooding on State Highway 1 at Kuku, between Levin and Ōhau.

A statement from police at 8pm on Tuesday said the road was still open but the water was believed to be rising.

Police asked motorists to avoid the area and postpone travel if possible.

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Surface flooding from the Mangaone Stream near School Rd, Te Horo, on Tuesday.

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Surface flooding from the Mangaone Stream near School Rd, Te Horo, on Tuesday.

“There may be further delays or road closures. For those on the road, make sure you take extra caution and drive to the conditions.”

The Horowhenua District Council posted to its Facebook page that heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, with surface flooding and slips also possible.

It stated driving conditions may be hazardous, and sucker trucks had been deployed to Shannon and Waitārere Beach as a precaution.

The heavy rain was due to ease by 11pm.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency was also advising motorists to be careful when travelling through the area of Kuku, south of Levin.

A post to its Facebook page at 5.20pm on Tuesday said rain had caused surface flooding near Kuku Beach Rd.

It asked motorists to slow down, increase their following distance and drive to the conditions.

Further south, Te Horo was cut off as of 8am on Tuesday by flooding of the Mangaone Stream, but access to homes near Maungakotukutuku Rd had been reopened after a slip blocked the road.

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