Wanganui emergency management is on alert after recent heavy
rain swelled Wanganui's rivers.
Emergency manager Max Benseman said nearly 50mm of rain fell
at Pipiriki overnight on Wednesday and into yesterday,
spiking the Whanganui River level from a low of 1.4m to 7.5m
in 24 hours.
It's the highest the Whanganui River has been all year.
Mr Benseman said the river peak was due to arrive in the
Wanganui urban area in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
The high river was not expected to cause any problems, but
parts of Kowhai Park may be closed tomorrow.
"The Kowhai Park playground will be open unless the stop bank
is breached. The parts of the park that may be temporarily
closed are the road along the riverbank and the bridge across
the Matarawa Stream," Mr Benseman said.
The river had been very low before the rain started, he said.
The first warning level for the river is 6m, and the second
warning is at 8m. The river has the potential to flood
Wanganui when it reaches 13m.
Other rivers in the area also had elevated water levels
yesterday, particularly the lower reaches of the Whangaehu
River which rose 3m in four hours. The Rangitikei River rose
2m in 24 hours, and the Turakina River rose 1m in four hours.