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Timaru Status Update 00.30 - Rivers receding

Status Update 00.30 - Rivers receding, immediate risk reducing

Timaru District Council Emergency Operations Centre

Status Update 00.30

The threat from the rivers across the Timaru District has eased, with all bar one of the district’s river levels now receding.

Figures from Ecan are showing that all the rivers in the district, bar the Opihi, have now peaked, which means that any imminent threat is reduced as the water recedes.

The Opihi river level continues to rise slowly, but it is well short of its capacity so no damage is forecast.

The Timaru EOC will continue to stay open throughout the night to respond if any issues occur.

No more evacuations are forecast to be required this evening.

The New Zealand Defence Force are undertaking patrols of the evacuated and high risk areas throughout the evening and are supporting St John to access hard to reach patients.

Surface flooding levels are beginning to drop as the rain eases, but road conditions remain challenging so please only travel if it is necessary.

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