Light Nelson still on despite wet weather

Last updated 13:54 12/07/2014
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RADIANT ATTRACTION: Producer Harry Silver explains the Interrupt Collective’s Jeu Play interactive digital art and music installation to a group of young Nelsonians checking out the Light Nelson displays.

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Light Nelson is scheduled to go ahead tonight despite a severe weather warning.

The much-awaited Light Nelson event at the Queen's Gardens was postponed last evening for safety reasons, but will be on tonight and Sunday as scheduled.

Light Nelson runs from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Founder John Paul Pochin said it was "pretty devastating" to delay it, but said the public would not have missed out on any events.

Electronic band Neon played at Nelson Cathedral last night, and installations at NMIT remained open.

Hydrologists and Nelson Tasman Emergency Operations Centre staff kept watch overnight as a slow northeasterly front passed over the region. The Metservice said heavy rain was expected to continue during today.

In the 15 hours from yesterday morning until noon today, 120 to 180 millimetres was expected to fall, with 50 to 90mm around the coast of Golden Bay.

Maximum intensities of 20 to 30mm per hour were forecast for the ranges around Nelson. The Metservice advised that heavy rain could cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly, as well as surface flooding, slips and hazardous driving conditions.

Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat asked people keep an eye on the weather if they were planning to travel around the district during the weekend. He asked drivers heading over the ranges to be aware of the weather conditions, town residents to clear drains and landowners to be aware of the potential of fast-rising rivers and streams.

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- The Nelson Mail

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