Environment Waikato’s Flood Response team is keeping a close watch on all the rivers in the Waikato as rain continues to fall throughout the Region.
Another 150 mm is predicted to fall between 9am today and 9am Saturday over the same area. A total of 400 mm has fallen in the Pinnacles area of the Coromandel in the past 48 hours and is continuing to fall today. All the rivers in the Coromandel, Kaimai Ranges and Hauraki Plains have been affected and catchments are saturated.
The Kauaeranga River has been at alarm levels for two days and is being closely watched. Farmers around Te Aroha have been advised as the Waihou River is well over its banks where stock are often grazed.
State Highway 25 at Hikuai is closed by flooding and the road at Manaia was closed for a short time but has been re-opened. There are no reports of damage or flooding of homes.
In Hamilton 100 mm was recorded at the airport and the Waikato River is up with tributaries affected. About 30-40 mm has fallen in the upper Waikato.
The forecast for the next 24 hours is for more heavy rain over the Coromandel and Kaimai Ranges as a conveyor belt of rain continues to come down from the northeast.