This message was posted at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday 28 March.
Heavy rain fell along the main divide yesterday, and eased off last night. The Waimakariri River peaked at the gorge early this morning, and will rise and flow at higher than normal levels in the lower reaches throughout the day.
The other alpine rivers (Rangitata, Rakaia, Hurunui and Waiau) will also be carrying higher than normal flows.
Environment Canterbury does not expect any 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.
River flow and rainfall information can be found here: