Flooding warned for Waipa

Last updated 09:44 16/07/2012
SODDEN LAND: Heavy rain thoughout most of the Waikato overnight and today saw surface flooding in rural areas. This land on O'Regan Rd, Rukuhia, was one of many affected.
MARK TAYLOR

SODDEN LAND: Heavy rain thoughout most of the Waikato overnight and today saw surface flooding in rural areas. This land on O'Regan Rd, Rukuhia, was one of many affected.

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Another 60 millimeters of heavy rain is likely to cause flooding of the Waipa River today - a once in 20 year flood event.

The Waikato Regional Council is warning today's forecast heavy rain - combined with the falls over the weekend - will cause flooding of the river and its catchments on the west coast of the region.

Flood plains around the Waipa and west coast waterways are expected to be saturated, while surface flooding in many areas is predicted.

Farmers in those areas are urged to keep up to date on water levels and move stock to higher ground if necessary, while residents are advised that local roads could be affected by flooding and slips.

The council’s regional hazards and emergency management team will be monitoring the situation closely and provide further advice as necessary.

“At this stage we’re not expecting any major disruption as a result of the rain,” said regional hazards programme manager Adam Munro.

“But people do need to be alert to the potential for flood plains to be inundated, general surface flooding and potential problems with road access.

“We also remind people to be cautious and avoid taking any risks in flooded areas.”


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