Weather warning effecting river levels

Whitebaiters, please take note:

West Coast Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (the West Coast CDEM Group) is asking the public to keep a watch out over the next few days as parts of the region will expect heavy rain fall. 

This is a busy time for recreational activities around our waterways and coastal areas.  There are large numbers of white-baiters out fishing and combined with this being the second week of the school holidays means there’s likely to be more people than normal in areas at risk of flooding.

Early this afternoon MetService issued a ‘Heavy rain warning – Orange’ for Westland on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  They advise that between 6:00am Tuesday and 1:00pm Thursday to “expect 400 to 600mm of rain to accumulate about the ranges, with 125 to 175mm nearer the coast.  Peak intensities of 20 to 25mm/hr at times.” 

For information about the rain warning please refer to the MetService website:

“We are asking people to take care this week as the heavy rain takes hold in the region.  We will be keeping a close eye on the event as it develops and keeping connected with our partner agencies and communities.” said Mark Crowe, Regional Director of the West Coast CDEM Group.

This forecast amount of rain is considerable, even for this area that typically can see large amounts of rain, and is likely to cause disruptions.  Heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly.  Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous.  It’s important that people keep informed especially if they are planning activities in or around flood prone areas this week.


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Heavy rain could effect river levels and safety of whitebaiters.