Warning as Cyclone Debbie deluge hits Marlborough

Waitohi River in Picton

Wet weather has battered the Marlborough Sounds and more is predicted to come in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.

Waikawa, north of Picton, has recorded 131 millimetres in the past 24 hours and the downpour was forecast to continue in the coming days.

Kenepuru Sound resident Sophie Ballagh said rain had intensified throughout Wednesday.

The Interislander ferry arrives in Picton as heavy rain falls on Wednesday morning.
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The Interislander ferry arrives in Picton as heavy rain falls on Wednesday morning.

The road leading to their property was susceptible to slips and heavy rain could cause some issues, she said.

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A severe weather watch was issued for Marlborough while many other parts of the North and South Island dealt with the fallout of the Australian tropical cyclone.

Waikawa, north of Picton, recorded 131 millimetres in the wake of the weather system.
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Waikawa, north of Picton, recorded 131 millimetres in the wake of the weather system.

The worst of the weather was predicted for the Kaikoura coast where bursts of heavy rain were predicted until Thursday morning.

More than 100mm of rainfall was expected from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning. MetService predicted peak intensities of up to 10 and 20mm per hour.

Water levels in rivers and streams had risen throughout the region, most notably in Waitohi Stream, which runs through the centre of Picton.

Para Rd closed by flooding
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Para Rd closed by flooding

Alexanders Holiday Park bordered the river and a worker said they expected the water to keep rising.

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Despite the rain, Blenheim and Picton police reported there were yet to be any calls for assistance related to the weather.

Marlborough highway patrol team leader Sergeant Barrie Greenall said it was good to see people driving to the conditions.

Heavy rain in Waikawa, with falls forecast to Friday
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Heavy rain in Waikawa, with falls forecast to Friday

"It has so far been better than what was forecast," he said.

The Marlborough District Council announced the wet weather had affected sports grounds and playing surfaces, which were likely to be closed until Friday.

Eleven council sports parks, including the Wither Hills Mountain Bike Park, closed on Wednesday. 

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 - The Marlborough Express

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