Nice weather for ducks . . . Steady rain in Queenstown caused the New Orleans street parade of the Queenstown Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday at noon to be cancelled, but community festivities at Arrowtown School continue for its 150th anniversary. Photo by James Beech
Pleasure boat owners are advised to check their moorings and
secure dinghies and other small craft as lake levels rise
across the Queenstown Lakes district today.
Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea are all high following
Queenstown Harbourmaster Marty Black said boat owners on all
three lakes should make the checks.
Mr Black said he received reports of dinghies which had been
pulled up above the waterline and left unsecured, but were
now beginning to float away as water levels rose.
He also cautioned anyone boating on the lakes this weekend to
be aware of floating debris.
Lake Wakatipu is expected to peak at 311.2m early on Monday
morning, the Otago Regional Council has warned.
Metservice advised the regional council based on expected
heavy rainfall in the headwaters of Otago lakes and rivers,
as a series of fronts and troughs followed by a cold
southwest flow, move northwards over the South Island on
Council spokesman Mark Peart said this may result in pressure
on the stormwater system in central Queenstown.
"This anticipated lake level is just below the level where
minor ponding occurs in lakeside reserves of 311.3m,'' Mr
Council flood managers will monitor the situation during the
weekend and issue further updates and specific warnings as
required, he said.