A precautionary evacuation of 64 homes in the Managahuini River catchment and Tokomaru Bay township is under way amid another bout of bad weather risks collapsing the the debris dam upstream. “The incoming rain amplifies the risk given the ground is very unstable and saturated following the damage done by Cyclone Gabrielle,” said Tairāwhiti Civil Defence controller Ben Green. “The community is being evacuated to local marae or to stay with whanau in areas outside of the Mangahauini River catchment.”
A Civil Defence team, supported by police, are going door to door in the affected area, while roadblocks have been erected. “We are bringing in experts to assess the dam site and provide options that might alleviate the risk.” A community hui will be held at the Tokomaru Bay club rooms at 6pm.
The MetService has issued warnings for heavy rain in the region.
🟡🟠 Severe Weather Warnings and Watches for Heavy Rain Updated 🟡🟠
• Hawke's Bay upgraded to an Orange Heavy Rain Warning.
• Gisborne, Wairarapa remain on Watch
• New Heavy Rain Watches for Auckland, COP, western BOP
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— MetService (@MetService) February 22, 2023