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Tree blocks motorway during heavy rain in Wellington

Tree blocks SH59 near Wellington

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A large tree has closed the southbound lane of SH59 near the Mungavin interchange in the Wellington region.
Photo: Waka Kotahi

Drivers in the capital are being urged to take care as heavy rain is causing flooding on state highways and caused a tree to topple.

The MetService has upgraded its heavy rain watch for Horowhenua to Wellington, including the Tararua Range, to an orange warning.

The front is also expected to bring a period of heavy rain to Mount Taranaki.

Waka Kotahi Wellington/Top of the South regional manager Mark Owen said the rain has caused flooding this morning on SH 2 through Hutt Valley and on SH1 in central Wellington near the Basin Reserve.

“There has also been a southbound lane closure on State Highway 59 near the Mungavin interchange due to a fallen tree and reports of minor slips and rockfalls on other parts of the local state highway network.”

A police spokesperson said cordons had been put in pace and motorists heading south should take alternative routes where possible.

Contractors were working hard to keep roads open, but drivers were encouraged to check road conditions before they travel, Owen said.

The bad weather meant drivers must be prepared for hazardous driving conditions.

“If visibility is bad, make sure your headlights are on so that other drivers can see you. Watch your following distances and expect the unexpected. Remember, it is better to arrive late than to not arrive at all.”

Story Credit: rnz.co.nz

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