Flood Warning

Alpine rivers flood alert

This message was posted at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday 27 March.

Heavy rain that has been falling along the main divide over the last 2 days has now eased, and MetService have lifted rainfall warnings for Canterbury. 

The Ahuriri and Rangitata rivers have peaked, and water levels are now receding. 

The Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers have both peaked in their upper reaches, and flood peaks will pass through the lower reaches later today.

We advise farmers adjacent to the Rangitata and Rakaia rivers to monitor their river frontages for eroding banks as the rivers recede.

No significant rain has fallen in the catchments of other Canterbury rivers, and we are not aware of (or expecting) any significant out of river flooding problems.

River flow and rainfall information can be found here:



This message will be removed tomorrow (Thursday) morning.