Mon, 17 Sep 2012 9:53a.m.
Flooding on Cobham Dr (Sue/iWitness)
Heavy rain in the capital caused surface flooding, slips and hazardous driving conditions, delaying Monday morning commuters.
Motorists were asked to slow down and drive with their headlights on, as low visibility and heavy rain saw traffic slow to a crawl on Wellington roads.
Sergeant Andy Down from Central Police Communications says motorists responded well during the hour-long torrential downpour this morning.
Flooding has been reported in the CBD, Kilbirnie, Karori, Haitaitai and Miramar.
Traffic on Cobham Drive has been reduce to one-lane for motorists heading into the city.
However, the weather has begun to clear.
“Some of the roads were quite heavily flooded, but that seems to have subsided – there’s some blue sky to the south now,” says Mr Down.
“We’ve only got Sar St and Thorndon that has a slip. That’s the only road that’s blocked at the moment.”
A slip halted commuter trains on the Johnsonville line, forcing TranzMetro to replace services with buses.
The low is expected to pass over the remainder of the country by this afternoon, according to MetService spokesperson Daniel Corbett.