December Downpours Force Roads To Close Across Kāpiti

The Kāpiti Coast Council is asking locals to be patient as it works quickly to fix roads hit by weeks of wet weather.

Paekakariki Hill Road closed by slips and flooding

“Our network has taken an absolute hammering, particularly after the last downpour. We have had slips and fallen trees forcing closures on Akatarawa, Paekārāriki Hill and Waterfall Roads,”said Glen O’Connor, Access and Transport Manager.

Yesterday he said: “Our crews are on site working to clean up but these roads will likely remain closed to through traffic for (the) commute home. Residents will still be able to access their homes.

“To give you the scale of what we are managing, it is extremely rare that we have all three roads closed together. Water, mud and debris are moving down many of our steeper roads making it very slippery to navigate. If you’re not a resident of these areas, avoid using these roads.”

“It’s not just slips that Council is contending with. General surface flooding has worsened existing potholes and erosion across the district,” he said.

Maintenance plans affected

“Summer is when we get stuck in to our maintenance programme and our scouting trips today have identified that a lot of the areas on our schedule have significantly worsened overnight,” said Mr O’Connor.

An earlier slow slip on Ōtaki Gorge Road at Blue Bluff (12km inland from SH1), which had already forced the road to close, had further movement yesterday.

Warning of danger

Mr O’Connor said: “We are looking at a large amount of material that is unstable. Please avoid the area – it’s dangerous.

“We’ve diverted all our resources to manage the most urgent issues but it will take time for us to clear the backlog of work. We are asking our community to please take care out there, be patient with us and report any issues they are coming across. We are working as quickly as we can.”

To keep up to date on our work and the status of roads in the network, see https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/services/a-z-council-services-and-facilities/roads/road-closure-status/

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