The cleanup from Cyclone Hale is only just beginning – with the weather system causing damage from Northland and Coromandel on to Tairāwhiti, and down the North Island as far as Wairarapa.
The East Coast is hardest hit, with communities still cut off in Tairāwhiti, and local authorities working to find ways to get supplies to them.
State Highway 35 is closed north of Gisborne between Tolaga Bay and Ruatoria, and the Gladstone Road Bridge in the city centre will be closed overnight tonight and tomorrow as debris is cleared from under the bridge.
A state of emergency remains in place in the region.
Waka Kotahi National Journey Manager Helen Harris said in a statement today that Cyclone Hale is testing everyone.
“The welfare of people living near SH35 in particular, is our key concern. We understand how critical this highway is for getting food and supplies to whānau and towns.”
Convoy between Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay, Fri 13 and Sat 14 Jan. SB from Tokomaru Bay the convoy will leave at: 10am, 12pm & 2pm. NB from Tolaga Bay the convoy will head north at: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. For more information read the full media release: https://t.co/oubvWKzmWh pic.twitter.com/Mf8X2gl7Qq
State Highway 2 between Napier and Wairoa has reopened but motorists should take extra care with more slips possible.
And in Thames-Coromandel, Mayor Len Salt said the region is saturated and there are fears more slips may occur in the coming days.
In South Wairarapa, Cyclone Hale has isolated around 100 households.
Waka Kotahi continues to urge motorists to stay off affected roads. If they must travel, they should stay alert for unreported hazards and consult the Journey Planner website.
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