Rain deluge in south could spark flood level warning


Lake Wakatipu could trigger its first flood warning after a deluge of rain during the past few days. 

Water levels in the resort have steadily risen and are expected to peak at about 311m – the first flood warning is triggered at 310.8m. 

Minor flooding can be expected in low lying lakefront reserve areas at Queenstown Bay, Kingston and Glenorchy. 

Low lying areas in Queenstown and Glenorchy tend to flood at 311.3m. 

More than 100mm of rain has fallen at Glenorchy and campers are advised to beware of rapidly rising water levels. 

With the constant rain expected to ease this afternoon, Queenstown Lakes District Council communications boss Meaghan Miller doesn’t anticipate flooding to affect local businesses. 

MetService media graphics officer Brian Monks predicts a further 15 – 25mm to fall in the region but says the wet weather is expected to clear by this evening. 

“It’s starting to look like it should improve,” Monks says. 

Lake Wakatipu peaked at 311.48m during a major flood scare back in May.