Drivers are asked to take care across Southland as the heavy rain last night has caused flooding on many roads, particularly in the central and northern areas. Roads around Lumsden and Dipton have quite severe flooding.
All our contractors are out in the affected areas and will be prioritising based on risk and impact. Some areas will not be able to be signed because of the amount of flooding.
Heale Ridge Road (off Stirling Road) is now closed due to a slip. Assessments are underway and Council is talking with the five families on the road.
Otapiri Gorge Road remains closed from Shand Road through to Mathews Road. A slip within this stretch of road last night has fully blocked all access – so the road will remain closed until further notice. Council is working with the families on the road.
Other roads that have been closed due to flooding are:
- Hall Road
- McKenzie Road
- Anderson Road
- Henderson Road
- Tanner Road
- Lora River Road
- Heale Ridge Road
- South Hillend Dipton Road
- Ellis Road
In the Northern Southland area, the following roads are still open but affected by flooding.
- Kent Road
- Josephville St Patricks Road
- Dryridge Road
- Chartley Park Road
- Cowie Road
- Waimea Valley Road
- Nine Mile Road
- Crooked Road
- Blue Road
- Orr Road
- Pahiwi Balfour Road
- Dipton Castle Rock Road
- Felton Road
- Roy Road
- Castlerock Road
Almost every road in the Waikaia Ward has either had water over it or still has.
Remember to check the NZTA website for state highway conditions and other council websites for roads in their areas.
Source: Southland District Council
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