Heavy rainfall closes roads on the South Island


A number of highways on the South Island have been closed due to heavy rain last night. On the North Island, dozens of flights at Auckland Airport have been canceled due to fog.

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Motorists in the South Island are being urged to exercise caution as a number of roads suffer from heavy rain overnight.

The Haastpas is closed due to flooding and this morning there is surface water nuisance on a number of national roads.

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There are area warnings for State Highway 8 between Twizel and Farlie and between Ōhau and Mount Cook, and State Highway 6 from Hokitika to TUSEN Glacier.

For the Main Divide and the west coast, an orange rain warning from MetService will be in place until after noon.

Canterbury Regional Council warns farmland could be flooded if foothills and alpine rivers rise today.

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It said erosion from recent flooding had weakened some river areas and high currents today were likely to cause further damage.

The Ashburton River may overflow, although the Opihi is expected to remain within its capacity.

The council said it would monitor vulnerable areas.

North Island

In Auckland, dozens of flights have been canceled or delayed due to fog for the third morning in a row.

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The disruptions to outbound and inbound flights have involved several airlines flying to or from regions, including Palmerston North, Whakatāne, New Plymouth and Blenheim.

Air New Zealand said 28 flights had been cancelled. The cancellations related to turboprop aircraft on the regional network. Jet services are still operating.

Passengers are advised to check with airlines for the latest flight information.



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