Flooding lake swells, Queenstown ready (with slideshow)

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Flood preparations around Queenstown Bay have been upgraded after Lake Wakatipu swelled by another 100mm overnight.

Queenstown Lakes District Council has announced it will start installing 900mm pipes and concrete blocks around the foreshore this morning, mainly to counter wave action.

It will also set up sandbagging stations in the CBD by 1pm so sandbags would be ready when required, mayor Clive Geddes says.

The lake, currently sitting at 311.226mm, needs to lift another 100mm before low-lying areas are flooded, and another 600mm before entering lakeshore premises.

Although there’s a welcome break in the rain, Geddes

says a further 70-150mm of rainfall is predicted to fall in the catchment within the next 24 hours.

Some retailers have lifted stock to high ground while others are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Skyline Enterprises has also started to erect its metre-high A-framed barrier around its lakefront buildings.

Geddes says it’s important to keep the flooding in context.

“If the lake gets to the level where it is affecting a small number of retailers on the lake front, it will continue to be business as usual for the town.”

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