Flood’s silver lining

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One of the businesses most affected by Queenstown’s mini-flood has found a silver lining. 

Patagonia Chocolates, which has been closed since lunchtime last Wednesday and behind Skyline Enterprises’ barricade since last Thursday, is now giving itself a full makeover pending reopening hopefully tomorrow. 

The business in the Thomas’s Hotel building had originally planned a small upgrade, duty manager TK Caro says. 

Staff, who’d otherwise not be working, are now painting the premises. New furniture has also been ordered and kitchen sewerage pipes are being changed. 

“It’s for the better,” Caro, 22, says. 

He understands Skyline will allow a small break in the barricade to allow customers in from tomorrow. 

The Otago Regional Council’s latest reading puts Lake Wakatipu at 311.09 metres above sea level – almost 30 centimetres higher than the first flood warning trigger of 310.8m.