Officials are evacuating hundreds of people from the Grand
Canyon after an earthen dam broke following heavy rains.
The Waikato River is creeping up to a level that will
threaten about 30 Hamilton homes, Civil Defence said today.
In a winter characterised as it has been to date by
torrential rain and flooding, it is hard to be moved by
earnest pleas about water supply, shortages and management -
unless they are to do with how to mop up the stuff.
A solution is being sought to the increasing closure of State
Highway 1 north of Oamaru because of what the New Zealand
Transport Agency terms "an unacceptable flooding risk".
Heavy rain has led to mass cancellation of games and
practices in various sports in Dunedin, and weekend sport
could also be in doubt.
Residents living next to Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri were on
alert last night as water levels continued to rise after
continuing heavy rain in the headwaters.
The Government is keeping a close eye on parched properties
in Central Otago and North Otago in the wake of drought
assistance being offered to the Northland region.
Moves to protect Milton from another serious flood have begun
with a consent application lodged to build a new floodbank at
the southern end of town.
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