Break in the wet, but more forecast

Coastal Otago's long wet spell ended on Saturday as Dunedin experienced its first dry day in nearly a fortnight.

There was no rain in MetService's Dunedin gauges and only .2mm at the airport and in Oamaru from midnight Friday to 6pm Sunday.

However, that could change today with cold, showery weather with strong southwesterlies and snow to 400m tonight predicted.

Further showers were expected on Tuesday.

Last week, persistent rain caused slips, surface flooding and road closures up and down the coast and on Otago Peninsula.

Dunedin City Council road maintenance engineer Peter Standring said the trees causing most problems above Portobello Rd had been cleared, but there was still some dirt and rocks along the road to be removed.

"The main threats are out of the way."

The road to Sandymount, off Highcliff Rd, remained closed because there were still power cables down and concerns about washouts below the road, he said.

It would be reassessed today.

A slip at Braeside, East Taieri, was cleared up on Saturday morning.

Council communications co-ordinator Rodney Bryant said until the clean-up was finished, it was unrealistic to make any assessment of the cost of last week's slips.

The main south railway line reopened about midday on Saturday after flooding from the Taieri River closed it on Friday night.

The rainfall continued to have an effect in Dunedin's coastal townships, with the council unable to treat water to a safe level.

So residents of Waikouaiti, Karitane, Merton and Seacliff were being asked to boil water before drinking until further notice.

In North Otago, State Highway 1 at Hilderthorpe reopened on Saturday morning.


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