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A number of local roads and main highways remain closed this morning as a result of yesterday's heavy rain.

As at last night there were 10 roads in CHB listed as being closed due mainly to flooding. In Tararua, five roads were closed yesterday, while one was down to a single lane, and others open but caution advised.

Contractors spent most of the day clearing trees and debris from roads and stormwater drains.

One person who sent photos into Central FM yesterday of flooding on Porangahau Road at Wanstead said flooding hadn't been as high as it was for a number of years.

For those travelling northwards today, the Napier-Taupo highway is still closed this morning, with a decision expected around 10am. The Napier-Taihape Road was closed overnight, and is expected to re-open this morning.

Despite the weather, there were no reports of any major accidents on the roads.

The Central Hawke's Bay District Council said its staff, along with the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Group would actively monitor the situation last night, and had additional staff on standby.

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller Ian Macdonald said while a lot of rain had fallen across the region, the rivers coped well.

He said some rivers did flood onto the river berms and between stopbanks, which is normal.

Mr MacDonald said stopbanks are built to cope with 100-year events, with many of the major Hawke's Bay rivers at 5-year flood event levels yesterday.

The Metservice-issued Heavy Rain Warning for Hawke's Bay was valid until 3am today, however the warning for Tararua was in place until 6am today.


Meanwhile, the Central Hawke's Bay District Council says it may be today before wastewater systems were cleared.

Wastewater systems in Otane, Waipawa and Waipukurau were full to capacity yesterday, and the Council had all pumps fully operational to clear them.

Council spokesperson, Ethna Renner, said residents may have experienced gurgling toilets, and water slow to drain away.

People were also asked to avoid using washing machines.

Mrs Renner said the wastewater systems may not be fully clear until today.


After generating alot of buzz over recent months, the curtain will go up on the Waipawa M & D's much anticipated Phantom of the Opera production tonight.

Based on the Gaston Leroux novel from 1909, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical first hit the stage in 1986.

Lisa-Jane Easter directs the local production, with Helen Walker musical director and Wendy Waldrom choreographer.

Former CHB resident John Harding, one of the country's top set designers, has also had a hand in the production as the concept and set designer.

The Waipawa M & D have around 80 people involved in the production, with thousands of volunteer hours going in.

The Phantom of the Opera starts tonight, and runs until June 23rd.

Tickets are available from the venue, the CHB Municipal Theatre, or online at eventfinda.co.nz.