Turakina farmland remains under water
An aerial survey by Horizons Regional Council staff of flooding damage has found "extensive" ponding on farmland around Turakina.
Floodwaters have been receding around Whanganui, Rangitikei and Manawatu after this week's heavy rain, though the road to Turakina Beach is still closed due to flooding.
It is one of a number of roads affected across the three districts. A forestry road has been opened for Turakina Beach residents to get in and out.
Horizons incident controller Ged Shirley said an aerial survey of the lower Whanganui, Whangaehu and Turakina catchments had shown extensive flooding in rural areas of the lower Turakina.
"Floodwaters have broken out of the Turakina River and there is extensive ponding on farmland as a result. Operations staff will be assisting landowners drain floodwaters back into the river," Mr Shirley said.
"We have also contacted the Ministry of Primary Industries with a view of outlining the damage to our rural communities following this event."
Horizons was preparing an assessment of issues throughout its region related to the flooding and will be meeting Wanganui District Council staff today to discuss options for strengthening Whanganui's weakened stopbanks.
"Works we undertake at this time are likely to be a temporary measure to withstand any extra pressure following this event until permanent measures are put in place," Mr Shirley said.
Rangitikei District Council has warned those who take their drinking water from a bore or spring to check pipelines and fittings for cracks that could allow floodwater to contaminate the system.
The council said floodwater could be contaminated with sewage, road runoff or agricultural chemicals. It has recommended boiling drinking water as a precaution.
Meanwhile the MetService is offering respite for sodden Kiwis, with fine weather predicted over the next few days.
"The next several days will be a nice change, as decent fine spells spread across the country. Temperatures will also be quite respectable as we head through the weekend," meteorologist Daniel Corbett said.
From tomorrow a large anticyclone will build across the country, bringing settled weather and plenty of sunshine across New Zealand. The fine and settled weather will last into early next week.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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