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Upper South Island hit by flooding

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

Heavy rains have caused flooding in the upper South Island and prompted a rescue near Nelson.

Downpours overnight caused surface flooding on State Highway One north of Blenheim on Thursday morning, the NZTA said.

The Coastguard rescued a man from a house-bus when it became stuck in flooding river waters in Hope, in the Tasman District, at about 2am, police said.

He was unhurt and one of several people rescued from vehicles in the area overnight.

There are also reports of surface flooding on SH63 near Wairau Valley, and on SH6 near Rai Valley.

Taranaki experienced up to 90mm of rain overnight while the Bay of Plenty was hit with around 50mm, but rains were expected to ease on later on Thursday morning, the Metservice said.

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