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Published: 2012-08-03 00:00:00

1100hrs
Metservice says there is potential for heavy rain to become more widespread tomorrow over the Coromandel Peninsula and the Kaimai Ranges.

River levels in the eastern part of the Waikato region remain high following reasonably steady rain there over the past three weeks.

So any heavy rain falling over the weekend on the Coromandel and the Kaimai Ranges will place further significant pressure on river systems.

“At the moment, rivers in the east of our region are coping with the heavy volumes of water generated by the recent rains,” said emergency management officer Greg Ryan.

“But the potential for more heavy falls over Saturday is a concern given the already elevated river levels and saturated catchments.

“We urge farmers and the general public in affected areas to be alert for rising river levels, slips and disruption to transport links. Stock should be moved to higher ground if necessary.”

Mr Ryan said regional council staff would monitor river levels closely and provide advice as necessary.

Rainfall and river level data is available at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz.