Flood warning as rain swells Southland rivers

Image: Environment Southland
Image: Environment Southland
Environment Southland has issued a flood warning due to heavy rain that has caused some rivers in the region to start rising. 

"After a period of heavy rain last night and into this morning, a number of rivers have started rising so we have activated the flood warning on our website," it advised today.

It has stopped raining in the west, but there was still some rain affecting the headwaters of northern and eastern Southland, it said.

MetService said the rain in Southland was expected to clear in the morning and fine spells to increase. 

Environment Southland advises the following river information as at 2.39pm today:

The Oreti River at Lumsden Cableway was 2.1 metres above normal and falling 166 mm/hour.

The Irthing Stream at Ellis Road was 1.82 metres above normal and falling 34 mm/hour.

The Orauea River at Orawia Pukemaori Road was 2.39 metres above normal and rising 28 mm/hour.




Add a Comment






Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter