Power outages affecting Wanganui - 18/09/2010Mayor Michael Laws says that power outages have affected a number of residential areas in Wanganui.
Affected areas include St Johns Hill, Aramoho, Westmere and Mowhanau, where residents are without power.
Power lines are down in Peakes Road and the road is closed between Spurdle Street and Rawhiti Place. Access is for residents only. It is not known how long the power repairs will take.
The power outages have affected some of the smaller pumping stations, including the Mowhanau pumping station. There is the potential for sewage to overflow into the Mowhanau stream. Warning signage is in place and the public are advised to keep away from the stream, until the signs are removed.
The arboretum at Kowhai Park has been closed to clear a fallen tree, which was caused by the wind and rain.
Council staff continue to liaise with Horizons Regional Council staff to monitor the Whanganui River levels and there are currently no concerns about flooding. However people are advised to stay away from the riverfront boardwalk as the river is currently at a high level and fast flowing.
Hipango Terrace is currently down to one lane due to a slip. Work is under way to clear the slip and is expected to be completed by late afternoon.
Fields Track has been reduced to a single lane for light traffic only due to a large 5-6 metre dropout near Kainui Road. It is recommended that motorists use alternative routes. Kainui Road (off Fields Track) has been closed to the public following a slump.
A slip has occurred on Makirikiri Valley Road and motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling along this road.
State Highway 3 at Ratana Hill is closed. Traffic is being diverted via Warrengate back to Wanganui.
The MetService has a heavy rain warning in place until mid-day tomorrow. There is the possibility of severe gales throughout the day.
With the ground already sodden, there is the likelihood of slips and falling trees over the next few days. People should take care when travelling on the roads.
Residents should listen to their radio for weather updates and information about any local rain or wind-related problems.