A local state of emergency is continuing in Tairāwhiti/Gisborne on Friday after steady rain contributed to flooding overnight.
Some areas have received more than 200 millimetres of rain on Thursday and the heavy rain forced some residents to leave their homes amid worsening flooding and rising river levels.
Kupu Lloyd, civil defence operator for Gisborne District Council, said river levels had dropped on Friday morning, but concerns remained.
“There’s quite a lot of surface flooding, and the ground is saturated, so we are starting to get quite a few landslides,” he said.
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High tide was at 6:36am and the Taruheru River did not appear to be at risk of breaking its banks, he said.