Weekend rain boosts rivers
People should expect Lake Taupo and the Waikato River to continue not to peak until today following heavy rain over the weekend across the Waikato.
Waikato Civil Defence duty officer Adam Munro said all river levels rose at the weekend triggering early warning alarms on Environment Waikato’s flood warning network, but by earlier today the smaller rivers were already starting to recede.
Flood modelling done by Environment Waikato’s flood management team over the weekend initially forecast river flows close to those seen during the 2004 floods which put low-lying rural areas around Otorohanga, Huntly and Gordonton under water for several days.
‘‘Up until this morning, we were preparing for a fairly significant flood but with the rain easing we are now looking at a better picture,’’ Mr Munro said.
‘‘Even so, people need to be aware the very lowlying riverside walks through Hamilton, Ngaruawahia and Huntly are likely to be swamped over the next few days as the flood peak moves through the system.’’
Mr Munro said Environment Waikato and Mighty River Power were working closely together to monitor and manage inflows and outflows from Lake Taupo and Karapiro to balance the flow of water through the Waikato River.