Surface flooding on Christchurch roads

Rain continues to fall in Christchurch with surface flooding reported on some roads.

Christchurch Transport Operations Centre said motorists should take extra care on Pages Rd and Dyers Rd, and Shands Rd and Amyes Rd. Some lanes have flooded on these roads.

The city council continues to keep an eye on the rain levels and said on Wednesday “nuisance surface flooding’ was expected.

It had deployed pumps to flood-prone areas in Southshore and the Flockton basin.

According to the MetService, 22mm of rain fell in the city on Wednesday, with more expected on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday morning, a fallen tree blocked the left northbound lane between the Tram and Ohoka Rds offramp.

Motorists were being advised to take extra care.

Meanwhile, heavy rain and high seas are causing chaos on roads along the West Coast of the South Island on Thursday morning.

The Transport Agency has warned of flooding and surface debris on State Highway 67 from Granity to Westport.

A heavy rain warning was in place for Westland and Buller, where heavy outbreaks of rain were expected to continue until early Friday morning.

According to Metservice 120-160mm of rain could accumulate between Seddonville and Haast from Wednesday night to Friday morning.

It was less than a week since persistent heavy rain caused rivers to overflow and roads to flood and close in Christchurch.

A monster storm lashed the country for about 48 hours last week, cutting off power and causing devastating flooding in several spots over the North Island.

The city council was forced to activate pumps as the rain coincided with a particularly high tide.

-Additional reporting NZ Herald