Rain caused Lake Wakatipu to rise steadily at the weekend.
Photo by James Beech.
The Clutha River exceeded the first flood level warning
at Balclutha last night after persistent rain in the high
country over the past few days.
Otago Regional Council monitoring equipment showed the river
was flowing at 1306.205cumecs at 10pm, well above the first
alert level of 1140cumecs.
ORC duty flood manager Neva Vaitupu said low-lying areas
would be saturated or inundated.
''Any farmers with stock on low-lying areas should move
them,'' he warned.
Campers were also advised to be aware of rapidly-rising lake
and river levels.
Lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka continued to rise but were expected
to peak early this morning. Lake Wakatipu had reached
311.038m at 10pm yesterday, above the first alert level
(310.80) but still below the ''possible flooding'' level of
Lake Wanaka was at 278.915 at 10pm, below the ''high alert''
level of 279.400.
Mr Vaitupu said the ORC did not expect any flooding in
Queenstown or Wanaka but was continuing to monitor the
''It is no drama as long as there is no more rain.''
Boating enthusiasts should also be wary of floating debris in
both lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka, washed in from swollen
River flows of about 1300 cumecs were forecast at the
Roxburgh Hydro and flows in the Clutha River were forecast
between 1350 cumecs and 1400 cumecs, Mr Vaitupu said.