Photo by Mark Price.
Those working out how to approach tomorrow morning's
Wanakafest polar plunge have a problem - Lake Wanaka is about
50cm higher than the jetty on which the event is held, making a
Demonstrating the problem yesterday, organisers of the event,
Kahu Youth workers Richard Elvey and Angie Griffiths,
suggested the plunge might be more of a wade this year -
particularly with more rain forecast for the weekend.
Meanwhile, Lake Wakatipu is likely to peak at 311.2m above
sea level early on Monday, the Otago Regional Council says.
MetService advised the regional council prediction was based
on expected heavy rainfall in the headwaters of Otago lakes
and rivers. Council spokesman Mark Peart said this might
result in pressure on the stormwater system in central
The Clutha River at the Clyde Dam was running at 1200cumecs
yesterday, more than double the river's normal flow of
490cumecs. Down river, part of the new Roxburgh Gorge track
has been submerged by the rising river. The problem is
expected to get worse over the weekend.