Dunedin flooding fears abate, heavy rain warning lifted
Flooding fears for Dunedin have receded with less rain falling than originally forecast.
MetService has lifted the heavy rain warning for Dunedin, North Otago and Clutha, with rain expected to ease from about noon on Thursday.
The Dunedin Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) would still monitor conditions as more rain was expected on Friday.
About 56 millimetres of rain fell in the city in the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday – much less than was originally forecast.
Dunedin City Council Civil Defence controller Sandy Graham said the rainfall had not caused any significant problems, but the EOC would continue operating with scaled-back staffing.
The situation was expected to be reviewed on Thursday afternoon.
"More rain is predicted, but it is well within the range that our systems and operational teams can cope with. At this stage, there is no need for residents to be worried, but if they do have any weather-related concerns they should contact us on (03) 477 4000," Graham said.
Council staff, community board members, Red Cross personnel and other volunteers door-knocked carried residences and businesses in low-lying parts of South Dunedin and Mosgiel on Wednesday evening.
The Otago Regional Council was monitoring waterways.