Heavy overnight rain in the Waikato region has led to a number of slips and road closures on the Coromandel and northern Waikato, while a number of rivers and streams have overflowed their banks leading to localized surface flooding in some parts.
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Environment Waikato is reminding residents of the Coromandel Peninsula and eastern Waikato that there is a severe weather warning in place due to Cyclone Wilma affecting the northern North Island.
Waikato’s wetlands are environmental “nurseries” that support healthy animals, plants and water quality, says Environment Waikato sustainable agriculture coordinator Bala Tikkisetty.
Environment Waikato says the potential for weather-related problems across the Waikato this weekend has grown with a fresh weather warning from MetService.
Environment Waikato is considering more than 250 responses made on its draft Tairua harbour and catchment management plan summary.
Recent rain has helped restore crucial soil moisture to above average levels in the Waikato, says a sub-group of the Waikato Regional Drought Committee, with further rain forecast this weekend.
Resource consents related to a King Country Energy (KCE) proposal to build a new hydro dam on the Mokau River have been granted by Environment Waikato (EW) and the Waitomo District Council (WDC).
Environment Waikato is urging regional residents to be prepared for a wet long weekend after a new MetService heavy rainfall watch announcement for the northern half of the North Island
Carbon farming, commuter rail, spatial planning and civil defence will be among the issues debated at next week's council meeting to set the draft budget for the 2011/12 financial year.
People should expect Lake Taupo and the Waipa and Waikato rivers to continue rising over the next two days even though rain is forecast to ease across the Waikato region.
Waikato Civil Defence staff and councils have been dealing with surface flooding throughout the Waikato region today, with floodwaters blocking some roads and closing a camp ground in Taupo.
About 300 campers were being evacuated from a Taupo campground this morning as Waikato authorities prepare for widespread flooding across the region.
Holiday makers are being warned to revise their plans for outdoor activities this weekend as heavy rain and damaging gale-force winds bear down on the Waikato region.
The multi-agency Rail Working Group looking at the feasibility of a new Hamilton-Auckland passenger rail service yesterday asked for further investigations into three options for advancing the inter-regional service.
Waikato Civil Defence is warning people to prepare for the dangers posed by the wild weather expected to hit the Waikato region later today.
Hot dry conditions this summer are contributing to increased algal growth in Waikato’s waterways which could pose a risk to water users.
A potentially toxic blue-green algal bloom has been detected in Lake Ohakuri, the largest lake in the Waikato River hydro system.
Environment Waikato’s navigation safety team is reminding skippers to follow the region’s navigation safety bylaw after a collision between two boats put two children in hospital at the weekend.