Southland Rivers Running High
Southland Rivers Running High
widespread rainfall in the 24 hours to midnight mean
Southland rivers are running higher than usual and still
rising in some places.
Floodwarnings are already in place
for the Mataura, Aparima and Oreti rivers.
and 50mm of rain fell in the headwaters of the Mataura and
the Oreti in the 24 hours to midnight yesterday. The rain
has since eased, but river levels will continue to rise as
the flood waters move down each catchment.
The Mataura at
Cattle Flat is running at 1.3m above normal and is expected
to peak this afternoon. The Waikaia River peaked at 1.15m
above normal at 8.50am at Mahers Beach. The Mataura at
Pyramid Bridge is 1.13m above normal and rising at 52mm an
hour. River levels at Gore are predicted to peak this
evening or in the early hours of tomorrow (Friday)
The flow of the Mataura peaked at Parawa this
morning at 130 cumecs – its normal flow is 13cumecs.
Aparima River at Dunrobin was 1.0m above normal yesterday
(Wednesday) and is receding at that site.
The Oreti at
Lumsden Cableway was 1.9m above normal at 3am. River levels
at Wallacetown are about .5m above normal and are expected
to keep rising slowly and peak early on Friday
Duty Floodwarning Officer Chris Jenkins said that
water levels will continue to rise as floodwaters move down
though the catchment. “There has been high rainfall up
country, but because of dry soil conditions, rivers
haven’t risen as much as expected and flood peaks are
minor, but people should still be mindful of the
higher-than-normal river levels, - this particularly applies
to campers,” he said.
Up to date information on
Southland river levels and rainfall is available on the
Environment Southland website www.es.govt.nz and also on the automated
telephone service (03) 211
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