• Patrick McBride

Storm moves North

Heavy rain overnight has closed SH6, between Inangahua and Westport, with slips at each end of the Lower Buller Gorge, at Uranium Point and at Inangahua.

Jones Creek, South of Granity.

PHOTO: Karen Woodcock.

NZ Transport Agency contractors are hoping to clear the slips that have impacted the region this afternoon if weather conditions allow.

State Highway 6 south of Westport to Greymouth is open, but rain is continuing to fall in northern Westland and Buller district.

“We encourage people to avoid using the roads in these conditions and please be on the lookout for surface debris. Slow down if you do have to make a journey,” says Waka Kotahi West Coast Maintenance Contract Manager Moira Whinham.

SH67, north of Westport to Mohikinui, has also had surface flooding but it remains open at this stage.

Greymouth to Westport via Punakaiki still open.

As well as the Lower Buller Gorge slips, the road south of Inangahua was also closed this morning due to surface flooding between Inangahua and Reefton. (SH69) That highway has now reopened.

Next UPDATE expected 3pm.

UPDATE: Road between Inangahua and Westport now open to one lane. May close overnight.