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In the eastern Bay of Plenty river levels are still rising, roads are closed and there is significant surfacing water still around, so holidaymakers and residents are advised to take care,
Bay of Plenty Regional Council's duty flood manager Ken Tarborton said that there had been some wild weather and a lot of rain which has resulted in a lot of surface flooding and some road closures.
Rainfall to date:
Mr Tarboton said rivers in the eastern Bay had risen overnight and would continue to do this for some time today given the heavy rainfall in the ranges.
Rivers as at 7am today:
Some roads are closed due to the flooding and people should check for the latest information on this by visiting www.whakatane.govt.nz for local roads and www.nzta.govt.nz
Some of the current closures are:
Mr Tarboton said Regional Council staff were continuing to work throughout the day to monitor the situation and undertake any emergency works that might be required.