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North Island cops more bad weather

Water flows have almost been fully restored in Wairoa, after a massive slip damaged the town’s main water pipe.

A 40 metre section of pipe was swept away in the slip on Saturday morning after several days of heavy rain.

A temporary pipe is now in place, with water flows now at 90% of the normal rate.

People are still being asked to conserve water.

Meanwhile, Bay of Plenty farmers are bracing themselves for more belting’s of rain and high winds.

At least 150 millimetres of rain is expected to fall by tomorrow afternoon.

Federated Farmers spokesman for the Bay of Plenty John Scrimgeour says they’re only a week out from a big clean up – fixing fences and clearing debris.

He says farmers might need to move stock to higher ground later today.

“The ground is very wet now, certainly in comparison to recent times and there’s not the opportunity for as much soakage as sometimes occurs,” he says.

In the northern part of the North Island’s heavy wind hit properties overnight.

Fire shift manager Jaron Phillips says incidents have stretched from the Far North to the Waikato.

“The most serious incident was in Mangawhai Heads where a large tree came through a holiday house, an unoccupied home there,” he told Newstalk ZB.

Jaron Phillips says in Te Aroha a sleep-out blew across a lawn and came to rest against a neighbour’s fence.

Arcing power lines have caused some issues and there are trees down in some places, but no major problems.

– NewstalkZB



Cameron on 3/05/2011 3:15am

PaknSave roof lying across road according to people at the scene

Cameron on 3/05/2011 3:10am

Reports of Tornado in Albany. Torn roof off PaknSave.o

Brendan Pratt on 2/05/2011 7:23am

hi there, 45.9mm of rain so far today in Te Puke since 12 am, with wind gusts up to 37.8km/h. Are we in for a rough night in the Bay of Plenty??
thanks for all the updates

Brendan Pratt

WW Forecast Team on 2/05/2011 9:30am

We wouldn’t say a "rough" night, but a fairly wet one.  We think the heavy rain will ease in Te Puke sometime in the very early hours, then drizzly light rain until dawn.

– WeatherWatch

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