Clearing up after flooding

The immediate flood risk may be over in Queenstown, but the Queenstown Lakes District and Otago Regional councils will remain "in a state of preparedness", Queenstown Mayor Clive Geddes says.

From today, council staff will begin the clean-up following waterfront flooding last week.

Mr Geddes said staff would be sweeping roads, footpaths and "generally tidying up the CBD".

Despite heavy rain yesterday morning, Lake Wakatipu, with a level of 311.13m at 3pm, was still 10cm below the flood level.

Light rainfall was forecast over the next few days and "potential heavy rain next week", he said.

"Businesses will be given the option to keep sandbags outside their premises, otherwise, we will relocate them to storage points at Earnslaw Park and the Memorial Gates," Mr Geddes said.


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