Alert lifted after less rain than forecast

The Department of Conservation has lifted the high alert for the Young Valley after rainstorm forecast for the Mt Aspiring National Park on Tuesday night was less intense than expected.

The MetService lifted its heavy rain warning for the Fiordland and Westland areas at 8.30am yesterday.

The forecast had been for 200mm-300mm of rain on Tuesday night, with an intensity of about 25mm-40mm per hour.

That did not eventuate, although the Young Valley landslip lake level had risen to about 1m to 580.6m above sea level (masl) at 8am yesterday.

The Otago Regional Council rain gauge at the Young Valley landslip site recorded 63mm in the 24 hours to 8am yesterday, bringing the weekly total rainfall at that site to 132.2mm.

Makarora received 18.5mm on Tuesday night (42mm week), Albert Burn 47.5mm (106mm week), Cascade Hut 36.5mm (87.5mm week) and Matukituki 6.5mm (24mm week).

Lake levels remained relatively steady, Wanaka at 276.6masl and Hawea at 343.3masl.


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