Flooding hits Manawatu

Flooding hits Manawatu

An advice to remain really careful has being handed over to Manawatu motorists, following the heavy rains which caused surface flooding in Palmerston North and Wanganui today.
It was confirmed by the Palmerston North police that delays were most probable to happen and that the areas of serious flooding were being managed by the council authorities.
Council spokesman Malcolm Hopwood, reported, “The city's stormwater system had been unable to cope with the volume of water, and city council work crews were clearing grates and channels of debris and blockages.”
It has been learnt that sandbagging was being carried out in the Heretaunga Street area near the Little Kawau Stream and in Manuka Street to deviate water away from buildings.
Chris Pepper, council water and waste services manager has informed that the city had not seen such intense rain in recent years.
He has handed over a piece of advice to the motorists to take care around Palmerston North.
Sarah Garlik, MetService forecaster, reported, “In Wanganui, 60mm of rain fell in 12 hours and in Palmerston North 51mm in that time.”
The rain was expected to slow down this evening.

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