Moutoa floodgate crew on standby

Horizons Regional Council staff are currently monitoring Manawatū River levels with predictions signalling a potential opening of the Moutoa floodgates this morning.

Horizons acting river management group manager Craig Grant says that a Moutoa floodgate crew has been on site since 6am this morning.

“Further modelling of Manawatū River levels will be done at 9am which will include the latest MetService forecasting,” says Mr Grant.

“Based on this information we will have more certainty as to whether an opening operation is required. Staff will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day."
NZTA advises that State Highway 56 at Opiki spillway is closed and ask anyone commuting throughout the region checks Waka Kotahi NZTA’s journey planner at before travelling.

“Please also check with your local city and districts council with regards to surface flooding and any other rain event activities.”

Up-to-date information on river heights and rainfall is available via Horizons 24 hour toll-free Waterline 0508 4 FLOOD or via our website

Updates will also be posted to the Manawatū-Whanganui Civil Defence page:

For weather forecasting information please see

The next update will be provided after 9am this morning.