Power cuts, highways closed

Storm victims are in clean-up mode today. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford

Households remain without power across the Western Bay of Plenty as people move into mop-up mode following the storm's crossing of the coast last night.

Powerco reports 180 households on Matakana Island are without power today as well as 48 in Papamoa 26 I Welcome Bay 64 in Te Puna, 68 in Te Puke and 37 in Waihi.

The fire service was responding to calls of power lines down on Te Puna Station Road at 7.30am.

SH 29 over the Kaimai Range remains closed in both directions because of a slip on the Waikato side. SH 2 along the Matata straight between Pongakawa and Matata remains closed because of downed trees and slips.

Further east SH 2 is closed at Edgecumbe between the intersection with SH34 and Awakeri because of flooding – and remains closed between Awakeri and Taneatua because the bridge is out.

East of Whkatane SH2 was closed last night between Ohiwa beach road and Opotiki, and there are warnings of rockfalls in the Waioeka gorge.

In Tauranga the fire service had more than 20 calls between about 6pm and 8.30pm.

They were storm related, but in cases of leaking homes and wet carpets they could only offer advice, says senior station officer Phil Price. Some people had their own pumps.



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