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Taylor’s Slab on Herrick Street in OngaOnga was closed due to flooding yesterday.

Heavy rain saw roading contractors kept busy clearing channels, unblocking culverts, and clearing debris from roads.

Kahuranaki Road was also affected, with a tree coming down across the road.

In Tararua, Route 52 was reduced to one lane in parts, with caution urged.

The weather will settle down today for both CHB and Tararua, with showers or light rain expected throughout the day.

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A community meeting will be held in Takapau next week following concerns about speeding.

Residents, Police and the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council all have concerns over the speed of vehicles on Sydney Street, and have called the public meeting for next Thursday night, the 1st of July.

 Members of the Takapau community are invited to find out more about the issue, and to have their say on how local roads can be made safer.

The meeting is at Takapau Primary School from 5pm – 6pm that day.

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Ratepayers wanting to take advantage of the Rates Rebate Scheme for the 2020/2021 financial year have until next Wednesday to get applications in.

A rates rebate is a partial refund from the Department of Internal Affairs, with the maximum rebate amount $655.

Anyone who has an annual income of $26,150 or less and pays at least $1200 in rates per annum is eligible.

People that earn more than the threshold may be eligible for a part rebate.

Details are available by contacting the Central Hawke’s Bay or Tararua District Councils.