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Published: 2012-07-24 00:00:00

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Waikato Regional Council says its main flood management focus for the next few days will be on the Piako, Waihou and Waitoa rivers, and the lower Waikato River, which remain heavily swollen following recent rains.

Rain has eased off in those catchments and the weather forecast for the next few days is looking better.

But heavy volumes of water will continue to flow down those rivers as the catchments drain in the wake of the rains.

It’s expected these heavy flows will be particularly significant in the Piako and Waitoa rivers where over coming days levels are likely to approach those seen during the 2008 floods.

Farmers may see surface water building up on paddocks in many areas as land may not drain as quickly due to floodgates being shut due to the high river levels.

Emergency management officer Greg Ryan advised farmers to move stock to higher ground if necessary and for the public generally to be alert for road closures and other problems caused by the rain, high river levels and ponding on paddocks.

“The reality is the water will take some time to work its way through the system and there is always potential for more rain to fall on the saturated catchments at some stage in the future.

“We’ll continue to keep a close eye on the river levels and provide advice to the community about what to expect.”