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Published: 2012-12-23 00:00:00

Campers set up alongside rivers and streams in the Coromandel Peninsula’s far north are being urged to move to higher ground ahead of forecast heavy rain tonight.

Metservice forecasters have told Waikato Regional Council this morning that rain is expected to fall in short and very heavy bursts of 20-30mm. 

This pattern is expected to continue over a 12 hour period from 6pm today.

“If the rains arrive as predicted, it is likely that river and stream levels on the Coromandel Peninsula will rise rapidly,” said the council’s on-call emergency management officer Dave Lovatt.

“To ensure their safety, campers should consider relocating to higher ground ahead of this predicted rainfall.”

Mr Lovatt also warned of the potential for flash flooding on roadways. “If possible, people should consider delaying travel unless essential during this time. For safety, it may even be necessary to pull to the side of the road until the downpours pass.”

Waikato Regional Council will be closely monitoring the situation. 

Members of the public can keep up-to-date with the latest weather information by visiting www.metservice.com.