After a long dry summer, New Zealand experienced heavy rain and winds with the arrival of ex-tropical cyclone Dovi on the weekend following Waitangi Day. The worst of the wind blasted through the Auckland, Waikato and Coromandel regions causing the closure of the harbour bridge, various roads as well as some schools and businesses. Safe Road Services emergency response crews were out in full force maintaining traffic management work sites and ensuring the safety of our clients and the public whilst cleanup and repair work began.
Winds reached speeds of 158km/h in places and while surfers were enjoying the huge swells at Ngamotu beach in New Plymouth, most of the country was being battered with fallen trees, slips and flooding. SRS crews were working day and night to maintain traffic control closures throughout the Coromandel and Hauraki districts including a road closure in Waihi for line workers and arborists to clean up fallen trees and downed powerlines outside of the Waihi College. Thankfully by Sunday evening the storm had subsided and teams were able to get some rest and recovery following a busy weekend.
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