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River tracks will be dangerous after peak flows

November 15, 2006

MEDIA STATEMENT

River tracks will be dangerous after peak flows early this morning

Environment Canterbury’s river engineers are warning anyone using river areas that river tracks will be extremely dangerous because water on the tracks could conceal deep scour holes or tracks could be washed out altogether.

“We advise people not to use river tracks or if they do use them, not to drive into watery holes if the bottom is not clearly visible. Anyone in a vehicle or on a motorcycle should be aware that they may have to brake suddenly if a track disappears, so speed should be curbed,” said ECan regional engineer Ross Vesey.

Flood warnings for the Waiau, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers were lifted by Environment Canterbury earlier thismorning.

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ECan website – for river flows graphs across the region http://www.ecan.govt.nz/Our+Environment/Water/Rivers/RiverFlows/Latest-river-flows.htm


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