As rain continued for the fifth day yesterday and with more
forecast, the Otago Regional Council was warning coastal
Otago residents to stay on alert for flooding.
Persistent dry conditions, which prevailed through summer and
autumn, continued until late April, despite the reasonable
rainfall at the start of the month, consultant hydrologist
Dave Stewart said.
The next few hours could be crucial for the sodden South, as
civil defence authorities nervously eye swollen rivers to
gauge the effect of high tide.
As strong winds and heavy rain pounded parts of the South
Island today, locals were warned to brace for snow later this
Latest updates from the South as heavy rain
drenches the region.
North Otago battened down yesterday as it faces the threat of
torrential rain overnight and over the next two days.
A "severe flood" warning has been issued by the Otago
Regional Council for all North Otago catchments for today,
tomorrow and Wednesday.
Wild weather expected across the country from today will be
one of the "bigger weather events" for some time, the
Smatterings of rainfall throughout much of the country this
week failed to bring drought relief to the most parched
Otago may have been declared to be in drought in early April
but by the end of the month some towns in the region had
received their first significant rainfall in nearly a year.
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