Bay road closed due to flooding

State Highway 2, from Matata to Paengaroa, is closed this morning due to flooding.

The NZTA says there is flooding and multiple slips on the highway.

The road will be closed until "further assessment is possible during daylight hours".

A heavy rain warning remains in place for the Bay of Plenty this morning.

The MetService is forecasting periods of heavy rain for Eastern Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne.

"A front is expected to stay slow-moving about East Cape and Bay of Plenty through to Monday.

"A low moves southwest over Bay of Plenty tonight and weakens early Monday morning. The front and low are expected to deliver further periods of rain to Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne, with heavy falls at times."

Heavy Rain Warning

Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.

Area: Bay of Plenty east of Opotiki, and Gisborne north of Tolaga Bay
Valid: 19 hours from 8pm Sunday to 3pm Monday
Forecast: Periods of heavy rain. Expect 70 to 90mm to accumulate about the ranges, and 40 to 70mm about lower lying areas during this time. These amounts are in addition to the rain that has already fallen. Peak intensities of 8 to 15mm per hour.


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