Riverbed Alert – Waimakariri River Regional Park
Extensive rain has been falling along the main divide and foothills throughout the day and will continue overnight, and easing tomorrow morning. As a result, the Waimakariri River will rise through the night and flow at higher than normal levels during Sunday.
Other alpine rivers including the Rangitata, Ashburton, Rakaia, Hurunui, and Waiau Uwha will also be carrying higher than normal flows.
Environment Canterbury does not expect any of these rivers to rise to significant flood levels, or for there to be any ‘out of river’ flood problems. However, any recreationalists or contractors using riverbeds should remain wary of rising water levels.