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Heavy rain, roading update

This is the final update for tonight.

There has been severe weather over Nelson Tasman, with heavy rain falls and intense downpours. This has caused rivers to rise rapidly throughout the district with localised surface flooding and slips.

Areas of most impact and concern have been Riwaka (Tasman District near Motueka) and Maitai River (main river in Nelson City).


Main highways are open, local road closures are listed below.


  • Avon Tce
  • Haycocks Road
  • Maitai Valley
  • Teal Valley Hira
  • Robertson Road Brightwater  
  • Brook Street
  • Higgins Road Wakefield - flooded
  • Cargill place in Richmond closed plus
  • Surface flooding around Queen Victoria Street near the Motueka aerodrome.

Outlook and advice

Rain and rivers are receding and high tide has passed, but care is still needed within the vicinity of rivers.
There is a lot of debris in the rivers which will make its way to the harbour everyone take care near water.
All standing water need to be treated as contaminated

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