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First thunderstorms, then roads closed by flooding

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After heavy overnight rain, State Highway 1 was closed for a time this morning by flooding at the Plimmerton roundabout. The road was reopened at 9.45. But State Highway 58 over the Haywards Hill continued to be closed by floodwaters in both lanes.

SH58 was closed between the Pauatahanui roundabout and the Haywards interchange. At noon, confirming that the road was still closed, NZTA reported that the surface had been significantly damaged. The road stayed closed overnight and was reopened at 3am on Monday morning.

Metlink reported road closures and flooding between Stokes Valley Entrance and Taita; as a result, buses on the 110 route were not running.

The Hutt City Council confirmed at 10am that the Taita Gorge was closed by flooding.

At 11am, NZTA reported that a slip on State Highway 2 at Silverstream was blocking both northbound lanes, and delaying traffic through to the Haywards interchange. One of the lanes was reopened soon after midday.

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As well as heavy rain, Wellington was also hit by a cluster of thunderstorms during the night.

RadioNZ reported that a fire officer helped rescue a dozen people and a dog from a flooded Lower Hutt campsite this morning. He and his colleagues arrived at the Hebden Crescent site in Belmont after 7am to rescue the group of mainly foreign tourists. They had to bring the tourists across a stream, which was waist deep.

Buses replaced trains between Taita and Upper Hutt today, because of a power outage. Trains were operating as usual on the Johnsonville and Kapiti lines. But trains between Taita and Upper Hutt didn’t start running again till about 6.30pm.

Metlink blamed the power outage on damage to substations caused by the weather. The power problems stopped trains on all three lines for a time last night.

Some services on the Johnsonville line were delayed this morning by a track obstruction, but this was cleared.

Police cancelled this morning’s firearms collection at the Kennel Club in Porirua. They said many of their staff couldn’t get to the event because of flooding.

Wellington Electricity reported power cuts in four areas: Titahi Bay and Colonial Knob, Pukerua Bay and Plimmerton, Whitemans Valley, and Upper Hutt and Ebdentown.