Snowmelt means Mataura River, others flooding

River levels in Southland rose yesterday as the result of recent snow meltwater feeding headwater flows.

Gore District Council advised the Mataura River was flooding on River Rd and the Waikaka Stream was flooding part of MacGibbon Rd.

A spokesman for Environment Southland said while it was not necessarily significant, the water levels had reached a high enough point to trigger a flood warning to be issued by the body.

The warning was mainly used to advise farmers they might need to move stock away from the water's edge.

Environment Southland flood duty officer Chris Jenkins said the worst-affected rivers were around the coast and the Hokonui Hills, which had the highest rain and snowfall.

''Some moderate rainfall has been forecast for the region and this combined with further snowmelt may keep river levels high over the following days.''

Affected areas included the Mataura River in various places, the Waimea Stream at Mandeville, the Waihopai River at Kennington and the Makarewa River at Counsell Rd.

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