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Civil Defence on alert in Nelson – Heavy rain

Civil Defence services have been activated in the Nelson – Tasman region in response to record flooding levels from heavy overnight rain.

There are fifty-year floods on the Aorere and Anatoki rivers and the Maitai River is at a seven-year flood level.

The Aorere River is running at 8.2 metres which is 0.5 metres higher than the previous maximum since records began being kept in 1977.

Regional Civil Defence controller Jim Frater says it will be a difficult and damp time for campers.

“We are continuing to monitor river levels closely. The forecast is for the rain to ease.”

Multiple road closures are in place and people throughout the region are being advised to keep away from waterways.

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– NewstalkZB


Guest on 27/12/2010 10:56pm

My mate near havelock has recorded 600mm since 18th Dec. Send some rain up to the Waikato where it is needed!

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