Week­end rain boosts rivers

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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