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.
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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.
A possible commuter rail service between the Waikato and Auckland is again gaining a higher profile on the region’s transport agenda.
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.
After seeing the results for himself, dairy farmer and 2005 Waikato Sharemilker of the Year Mike Visser has no doubt effluent can be successfully used to grow maize – without any commercial fertiliser top-ups.
Environment Waikato staff are monitoring a stop bank at Mangatawhiri this morning, in anticipation of floodwaters spilling onto about 40 hectares of farmland.
Environment Waikato’s emergency response team is on heightened alert after heavy overnight rain on Lake Taupo and the Upper Waipa River catchment.
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.
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.
Environment Waikato’s emergency response team is monitoring the upper Waipa catchment as heavy rain continues to drench the King Country.