Flooding on motorway; northbound traffic delays; torrential rain at airport

The Transport Agency warned at 3.20 that there was surface flooding across all lanes of the Wellington motorway near the Aotea Quay off-ramp. It advised caution for drivers travelling south.

The Agency also reported that northbound traffic leaving Wellington was facing delays – with mid-afternoon congestion between Paraparaumu and Waikanae in an area where roadworks have been causing delays for weeks.

At 5.50 things had worsened: northbound traffic is crawling between Paekakariki and Waikanae. Expect significant delays.

And at 7.30: Northbound traffic is slowly starting to ease, but still heavy between MacKays Crossing and Waikanae.

The NZ Herald reports that interislander Cook Strait crossings have been delayed or cancelled because of the weather.

MetService reports that there’s been 42.2mm of rain at wellington Airport in 24 hours – that’s more than half the average April total (77.8mm).

MetService is forecasting that things will improve over Easter as the active tropical low loosens its grip and drifts away to the south.

UPDATE: Late tonight, police advised motorists of the need for extreme caution on State Highway One between Kaikoura and Picton due to 24 slips and partial road blockages following heavy rain.

Senior Sergeant Stu Koeofed of Tasman Police stated that motorists should stay away from the area unless travel there was absolutely necessary but to check before leaving home that the road was still open as further heavy rain was expected overnight.

“Any motorists travelling that portion of State Highway One should expect delays which could be considerable.”


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