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More rain for sodden Coromandel

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/09/2016

A drenched Coromandel Peninsula which has been hit by heavy downpours of late is being warned to expect another soaking.

The MetService says the holiday spot and Gisborne, which has also been hard hit in recent days, is likely to be on the receiving end of a moist easterly flow.

The northern parts of the Gisborne region are predicted to receive around 100mm-120mm from Wednesday afternoon through to Thursday evening.

Coromandel Peninsula, which was hit by flooding over the weekend forcing road closures and some problems with water supply, could get 70mm-90mm in some places from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.

"Both these regions have had significant rainfall accumulations during the last few days, and this rain could exacerbate any issues, such as surface flooding and slips. Streams and rivers are likely to remain high and could rise further for a time," the MetService says.

Thames-Coromandel District Council says with the ground in the region already saturated it expects the rain to cause surface flooding in some areas.

It is also warning the rain, combined with high tide at around 6pm, may cause flooding in some low-lying coastal areas and the region may get more slips and motorists should plan for delays.

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