Southland rivers now falling

Last updated 14:40 09/01/2014

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A flood warning for most of Southland is still in place but most rivers have now peaked, Environment Southland says. 

Environment Southland duty flood warning officer Dianne Elliotte  said most rivers had peaked and levels were now falling.

The Mataura River at Cattle Flat peaked at 1am this morning at 1.27 metres above normal and was now falling at a rate of 35mm/hour.

 The Mataura River at Pyramid peaked this morning at 1.63m above normal and was now falling at a rate of 32mm/hour, and the water level peaked at Gore by lunchtime.

The Waikaia River at Mahers Beach peaked early this morning at 1.74m above normal and was now falling at a rate of 43mm/hour.

Compared to previous years, the flooding was ''not anywhere near'' what was normally expected at this time of the year, Ms Elliotte said. 

The flood warning will remain in place until the water level peaks have passed through the lowest site in the relative catchment.

''The next couple days should see an improvement with the weather,'' she said.

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