Flooding fears as heavy rain forecast

02:42, Jun 06 2014

Authorities are bracing for the possibility of more flooding in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula as weather forecasters predict heavy rain will hit the city in the next few days.

Christchurch's deputy mayor Vicki Buck said council maintenance staff and contractors had been placed on standby as up to 75mm of rain was forecast to fall between Sunday and Tuesday.

They would be working across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to ensure the vulnerable areas identified by the council's special flooding taskforce were closely monitored throughout the weekend and the early part of next week.

They had already been out clearing grates, kerb channels and stormwater sumps.

Buck said high tides throughout the weekend were due about 2pm and 2am and expected to be relatively low so were unlikely to cause problems.

The council was advising residents in low-lying areas to take appropriate steps to protect their property and their valuables.

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