Downed tree blocking Rotorua road

Tree fall at Mourea, Rotorua.

Drivers are being asked to take “extra care” in the Rotorua district today.

The Rotorua Lakes Council has particularly referred to rural areas and roads prone to slips and treefall, in blustery winds.

A large tree which has blocked a section of Lake Rotorua’s coastal route is being cleared.

The road is near Mourea, between Hamurana and Mourea, on the northern reaches of Lake Rotorua.

It is blocked 1km south of State Highway 33 between Rotorua and Paengaroa.

The RLC said in a statement that the tree fall across the narrow road was too dangerous to clear last night.

Contractor crews were out first thing today to try to clear the area.

A check of the site this morning showed pine trees on top of the bank were uprooted and fallen across the road with some minor slip debris.

“Crews are already on site and will work to clear the road today and get it re-opened as soon as possible but it remains closed at this time,” says the council.

Meanwhile, other areas have been hit by the storm.

A large sign which had blown off a building and landed on Ranolf Street was removed from the road.

On Te Akau Road at Okere Falls two trees blocked half the road. Crews cleared to the road edge and will return today to fully clean up.

As staff are freed from the Hamurana Road site, they will be detailed to check other roads around the district for storm trails.

Meanwhile, a sweeper will continue working on leaf fall areas this week and will attend calls regarding blocked grates and drains.


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