Media release

Heavy Rainfall Update 2, 5.15pm Thursday 20 July

Thursday 20 July 2017

River works on the Leith River and other coastal catchments have been suspended ahead of heavy rain forecast for the next two days.

Otago Regional Council’s Director of Environmental Monitoring and Operations, Scott MacLean, said that the priority was to keep river channels and floodways clear for heavy flows.

MetService is predicting up to 200mm of rain to fall in Eastern Otago including Dunedin tomorrow and overnight into Saturday. The rain is forecast to fall as snow above 600m tomorrow night.

ORC is continuing to model the impact that this intensity of rainfall will have on rivers in coastal areas and in Dunedin. Mr MacLean reiterated earlier warnings that people in low-lying areas, including South Dunedin, should expect surface flooding.

ORC will be issuing regular updates on its website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and via the media as this event progresses. “People can check river levels and rainfall for themselves on our WaterInfo page at any time,” Mr MacLean said.

Emergency Management Otago staff are also on standby to support the Dunedin City and Waitaki District Councils over the next 48 hours.


The next update will be issued around 10.30am tomorrow

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