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Floods hit north: what you need to know

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/04/2017

What you need to know about the remnants of cyclone Debbie hitting the North Island for a third day.

* The Bay of Plenty township of Edgecumbe has begun a complete evacuation on Thursday morning with the Rangitaiki River breaching a bank

* Evacuation centres set have been set up in Kawerau and Whakatane for the township's 2000 residents

* Heavy rain has moved down from the North Island as is now expected to batter the Banks Peninsula, with the Kaikoura region expected to get gales

* About 200 residents evacuated in Whanganui have been allowed to return home, with cordons in the city expect to lift at 11am after river levels dropped overnight

* Police have received no additional information following reports a person had gone missing in the Waikato river and say no one was reported missing overnight

* 11 people trapped in their cars by flood waters while trying to evacuate from Taneatua in the Bay of Plenty overnight are safe

* Flights have resumed at Wellington Airport, but delays expected after dozens of travellers left waiting overnight

* More than 50 residents evacuated as a precaution in Wellington's Owhiro Valley due to rising stream levels on Wednesday night

* A gas main has ruptured following a minor landslip on Millward Street in Newtown, sending debris into homes below

* Sections of SH56 at Opiki, SH 53 between Featherston to Martinborough and Grays Road in Plimmerton remain closed due to flooding

* The Inland Road to Kaikoura was expected to reopen at 9am after being cut off by weather

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