Record rainfall

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Record rainfall is filling Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu fast, but it’s nothing to worry about – yet. 

Local weather guru David Crow says with almost 68 millimetres falling in the last 24 hours, it’s the heaviest downpour in one day since September, 2002. 

Rapidly rising lake levels will continue to be fed by head waters. 

A rain reprieve expected tomorrow will be brief with more forecast for later in the week, Crowe says. 

Queenstown emergency manager officer Brenden Winder says an eye is being kept on lake levels but it’s still below flood-warning levels.