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Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Police have been door knocking in Otago telling residents to evacuate because of flooding after the heavy rain today.
MetService says between 40 to 70 millimeters of rain was expected to fall in eastern Otago today. Police have been around properties in Henley advising them to evacuate, but the residents have decided to stay put at this stage.
The Otago Regional Council is preparing to open a spillway on the Taieri River if needed. The Dunedin City Council said people should stay off the roads to prevent washing floodwaters into properties.
Council spokesperson Sandy Graham said the rain had affected much of the city. "We're starting to see a little bit of surface flooding in South Dundein and West Harbours, so it's quite widespread but we've managed to as well as can be expected given the rain that we've had." She said the Taieri River was also a concern.
Rain has eased, although almost 50mm fell in the city today and river levels remain high across Otago. A number of roads in Clutha, Central Otago and Dunedin districts have also been affected by flooding. Police said State Highway 1 was still open south of Milton after flooding at Tokomariro River, but conditions in the area were "poor".
Otago Flood Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Orange
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