River levels monitored by Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council is closely watching the weather system moving onto the North Island from the Tasman Sea.

Horizons group manager river management Ramon Strong says yesterday’s rain hasn’t caused any significant issues, however staff will continue to closely monitor rainfall expected today and tomorrow.
“While our environmental data team’s models suggest this event won’t cause any particular problems, there is some uncertainty as to the precise track of this weather system,” says Mr Strong.
“We’re also aware that soil moisture levels across the Manawatū-Whanganui Region are now much higher than they were a few weeks ago. Saturated catchments rivers and streams will respond more quickly and to higher levels with intense rainfall.”

“The rain has been particularly concentrated on the Tararua Ranges and the Whanganui catchment, and that’s where more rain is expected to fall.
“High flows in the Mangahao River have driven a modest flood peak in the Manawatū, however a Moutoa gate opening is not expected.
“Flood flows in the Whanganui are currently well within the range of what the awa can accommodate.”
Horizons' Emergency Coordination Centre is in contact with the affected territorial authorities and is prepared to respond if necessary.
Up-to-date information is available via Horizons’ 24 hour toll-free Waterline - 0508 4 FLOOD - or via our website. For webcams please click here.
With more rain forecast over the next couple of days the public are advised to take care while driving and check https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/8 for information on road conditions.
For weather forecasting information please see www.metservice.co.nz.