Sub-tropical downpour levels rising and driving conditions are hazardous 15 February 2021 MetService's forecast rain levels for the Coromandel have been exceeded already with the heaviest rain expected to pass this evening, but lingering showers will remain over the next 24 hours. By mid-afternoon today over 178mm had fallen at Castle Rock measuring station by Coromandel Town in the north and 108mm at the Pinnacles by Thames. Our Council’s and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s contractors are out clearing slips and culverts, but with more rain expected to come down through the catchment systems over the next four to eight hours further flooding and slips are likely. "Our Emergency Operating Centre continues to monitor the weather and while there are no major issues at this stage, we've had a number of reports of surface flooding and debris on roads throughout our District,” says Garry Towler, our Council’s Civil Defence Controller. "So please take extreme care on the roads and expect the unexpected around every corner." If you see an issue on a local Council road that needs attention, call us on 07 868 0200. If it's a State Highway contact Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49). Kerbside rubbish collections Our contractors can’t go further than 422 Wentworth Valley Road today for Kerbside collections due to flooding. Delayed collections from last week in Mercury Bay - Whangapoua, Kuaotunu and Matarangi, will be completed tomorrow. Keep up to date: Weather updates - MetService. State Highways - (SH25, SH25A, SH26 in the Coromandel) NZTA. You can also call NZTA on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) for traffic and travel information. You can also use their journey-planning website www.onthemove.govt.nz to plan the best route for your journey, taking into account known issues and traffic on state highways. Council roads - We will post regular updates on our Council's Facebook page as well as on our website and email newsletters. If you see an issue that needs attention, call us on 07 868 0200. Local radio - Check stations and frequencies here. Red Cross Hazards App - alerts about hazards. Download from the App Store or Google Play. Emergency mobile alert - these can be sent to your mobile phone, without needing to download an app or sign up. Check if your phone is capable of receiving them, here Waikato Regional Council has set up an online hub for rainfall and flood-related information to help people more easily keep up to date with severe weather events in the region. It can be found here. Waikato Region Civil Defence Emergency Management – Sign up to receive civil defence and emergency text alerts through this link. Also follow Waikato Civil Defence on Facebook here and check out their website for updates here. Know your neighbours - phone each other in an emergency, especially vulnerable people, to check if they're OK. To report a power outage, contact your provider. For more on these channels, and other information about staying informed in emergencies, go to the Civil Defence Get Ready website.