Evacuation, roads shut as flash floods hit Hawke's Bay

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Thursday, 8 March 2018, 11:15AM

KEY POINTS:

    • State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo closed for the foreseeable future
    • Properties evacuated, including students from Hukarere Girls College
    • About 20 people have been evacuated from the Eskdale Holiday Park
    • Eskdale area north of Napier has been hit hard with severe surface flooding
    • More heavy rain are expected until around midnight tonight

Heavy rain has closed a number of roads around Hawke's Bay, including theNapier-Taupo road, as a severe weather hits the region.

The Eastern District Police this morning said State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo would be closed for the foreseeable future due to surface flooding.

NZTA have announced Makahu Road is closed, and slips have closed Glengarry Road and Waipunga Road.

Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

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