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Flood protection scheme coping well with huge flows

Every two seconds, enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool is pumping past Ngaruawahia through the Waikato River today, as recent heavy rain continues to drain through the catchment.

Mayors voice concerns over storms

From Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group.
Power companies need to give higher priority to restoring power to farms during storms so that animals don’t suffer, Hauraki District Council mayor John Tregidga said at yesterday’s meeting of the Waikato Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) Group in Hamilton.

SH1 unlikely to be closed by flooding

Easing of rainfall in the Waikato over the past day has taken some pressure off rivers and Environment Waikato modeling now suggests floodwater is unlikely to spill onto SH1.

Staff working to keep flood pumps operating

Environment Waikato staff are monitoring a stop bank at Mangatawhiri this morning, in anticipation of floodwaters spilling onto about 40 hectares of farmland.

Big rivers still to reach flood peaks

Farmers and other land owners near the Waipa and Waikato rivers could expect ponding on their properties to last for at least 3-4 more days as the flood peak following this week’s storms works its way through the system.

Diesel spill in Waikato River

Environment Waikato and Hamilton City Council staff are investigating the source of a diesel spill in the Waikato River, which appears to have originated near the Fairfield Bridge in Hamilton.

Flood watch shifts to Waipa River

Environment Waikato’s emergency response team is monitoring the upper Waipa catchment as heavy rain continues to drench the King Country.