Media release

Rainfall and rivers update #8

Friday 23 November 2018

Though rivers remain high in Otago, forecast weekend rain is not expected to bring levels above those seen earlier in the week.

The Manuherikia is still in flood, but has now peaked. Snowmelt may continue to feed into the river, but with no significant rain forecast in this part of Otago, flows are unlikely to exceed today’s peak in the coming days.

Rain and snowmelt may slow drainage of the Taieri, which is expected to remain high over through the weekend. The East Taieri Upper Pond is still very full and is draining very slowly.

While the Clutha remains high it is expected to continue to fall slowly, with no rain forecast in this catchment over the weekend.

In North Otago, rainfall may approach MetService warning criteria on Sunday. This could see the Kakanui rising, though it’s not expected to reach the levels seen earlier in the week.

Regional Council staff will be continuing to monitor flows and flood schemes closely through the weekend, with flood managers and field staff rostered 24/7.

Upper Manuherikia, looking towards the Hawkduns earlier today

Snow melt flowing into the Manuherikia earlier today

Stay up-to-date:

We recommend people check out WaterInfo on our website for the most up to date information on flows
Twitter: @ORCfloodinfo

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