Ongoing heavy rains in parts of the South Island have forced the closure of parts of the national road networks in the region.

The Metservice has several weather warnings in place for the West Coast and upper South Island, including red warnings for Buller and Westland. A state of emergency has been declared for the West Coast and Nelson.

Andrew James, Top of the South systems manager, says there are national highway closures in Tākaka, Nelson and Marlborough.

“Currently there is no direct link between Blenheim and Nelson due to flooding on State Highway 6 between Hira and Havelock. The alternative route is via SH63 and the Wairau Valley. As the rain is expected to continue, the State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson and State Highway 60 between Takaka and Collingwood will likely remain closed until Friday.

Closures of national highways:

  • SH60 Takaka. Closed between Haldane Road and Pupu Valley Road intersection. No detours are available.
  • SH6 Nelson, road of the rocks. Closed due to severe slip hazard. It is likely to be closed until Friday noon and possibly longer.
    • The detour route goes via Haven Rd, Halifax Street, Rutherford St and Waimea Rd. This route is available for HPMV, noting that there are no other alternate routes through the city due to height restrictions and weight. All vehicles are reminded to observe speed limits.
  • SH6 Malborough. Flood. Closed from Hira to Havelock. Detour available via SH63, Saint Arnaud.
  • SH63 Malborough. Closed between Alma and Anglesea streets due to flooding. Detour available via SH6 via Renwick.

Mr James says slips and localized flooding are an ongoing risk on the west coast and upper South Island, so road users should be prepared for delays and further road closures.

“We really want to encourage people in affected areas not to travel unless they have to. If you must use the roads, check their condition with Waka Kotahi and local councils before setting out. Given the current conditions, roads could be closed in the short term”.

Mr James says people should also keep up to date with the latest weather information as the weather event develops.

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