In too deep . . . The water level of Queenstown's Lake
Wakatipu measured 311.061m on Sunday at 1pm. Photo by James
Authorities are monitoring Lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu
which are continuing to rise as a result of continued rain
throughout the past week.
Lake levels are expected to peak in the early hours of
The Otago Regional Council says it doesn't expect any
flooding of Wanaka or Queenstown but will continue to monitor
Boaties should also be wary of floating debris in Lakes,
Wakatipu and Wanaka that has been washed in from swollen
High flows are expected in the Kawarau and Upper Clutha
Rivers, as floodwaters drain from the lakes.
High flows are expected in the Lower Clutha River/Mata-Au,
downstream of Roxburgh to Balclutha into the weekend,
affecting low-lying areas alongside the river.
Campers are advised to be aware of rapidly rising lake and
Earlier, Queenstown authorities warned drivers to take extra
care because of snow.
Drivers were advised to take care on the Crown Range Road due
to light snow.
"The road has been cleared and gritted but please allow extra
time for the journey between Wanaka and Queenstown, and drive
to the conditions. More snow is forecast today and our
contractors will be patrolling the road," the Queenstown
Lakes District Council said in a statement.