Riverbed Alert – Waimakariri Regional Park and Alpine Rivers
Heavy rain has been falling along the main divide and is forecast to continue through Saturday afternoon. As a result, the Waimakariri River will rise throughout the day and flow at higher than normal levels for the remainder of the weekend.
The Rangitata, Ashburton and Rakaia rivers (and to a lesser extent the 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.