Flooding on Dalefield Rd, Carterton, on Monday which caused the road to be closed. PHOTO/ELISA VORSTER
The region is being cautioned to stay up to date with severe weather warnings after a dose of heavy rain on Monday and the possibility of further bad spells before the official end of spring.
A severe weather warning was issued on Sunday night and was in effect until 9am yesterday morning for both Wairarapa and the Tararua districts.
Surface flooding around Masterton wasn’t as severe as it was during last Wednesday’s storm in which 42mm of rain fell in an hour – more than half the monthly average for November.
Rainfall in Masterton measured 33mm from 4pm Sunday until 4pm yesterday, with persistent non-stop rainfall from 8pm Sunday.
The heaviest rainfall was in the Tararua ranges, which received 188mm of rain, exceeding the heavy rain criteria of 100mm in 24 hours.
The weather proved problematic for some Carterton residents after Dalefield Rd was closed due to severe flooding at Hodders Rd.
A MetService spokesperson said a dramatic change for the better in weather wasn’t expected, despite the severe weather warning lifting yesterday morning.
A possibility of severe weather warnings could be updated during the week.
Summer begins officially on Saturday.