Posted by Gold FM on 25/07/2012
The torrential rain that swept across the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty has left a lot of damage in it's wake. Several roads developed large pot holes, and slips scattered debris making highways impassable.
Rivers and streams burst their banks and motorists and tourists were stranded.
Road crews were working flat out to clear slips and repair pot holes so that motorists could get to their destinations.
Some residents were marooned in their homes in the Karangahake Gorge and watched anxiously as the Ohinemuri River swallowed up the road.
Waihi Beach residents were either stuck at home, or not able to get home, when both the Athenree Gorge and Beach Road suffered slips in the deluge.
The phone was constantly ringing in our offices yesterday with people wanting to know if they could get home. Others needed to do business in other towns and we had a family calling for updates on the road closures because they were concerned for relatives who'd flown into New Zealand and were on their way to Waihi.
The Waihi Volunteer Fire Service were called to help out with a water logged vehicle in an Adams Street garage, and Chief Fire Officer Moe Stevens said they went into the Karangahake Gorge to remove people who had ignored warnings to steer clear of the flooding and got themselves into difficulty. You can listen to what Moe had to say below.
It was heartening to hear of the young Dutch brother and sister who were helped by Newmont staff and given a hot meal and bed for the night. They said they couldn't believe the generosity they'd received and were full of praise for the friendly Kiwis that helped them.
Paeroa was innundated with the flood as well with the Criterion Bridge almost under water. The road to Te Aroha from Paeroa was closed for some time.
Most roads are open now although there's still a lot of work to be done so if you are travelling be prepared for delays and expect your trip to take a little longer.
Drive to the conditions and take extreme care on slippery roads. Keep an eye out here on the Gold FM website and don't forget to click the facebook link on the lower left of any page to keep up to date there as well. We'll keep you up to date on 96.4 Waihi, 88.3 Waihi Beach, 88.0 Paeroa, 96.4 Coromandel and 96.4 Whitianga.
The Waikino Tavern during the flood
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