Environment Waikato is stepping up its flood monitoring for the Waikato and Waipa rivers in response to ongoing rain and a forecast of more to come over the next few days.
Duty emergency management officer Greg Ryan said he was expecting to see an increase in river levels.
“The region is sodden, river and lake levels are high throughout the region, and will remain high as we approach this next spell of rain. At this stage the levels are expected to be managed within EW’s flood control schemes.”
However, as a precautionary measure, EW has activated a flood operations centre at its Hamilton headquarters so that it is ready to swing into action if river levels rise higher than currently forecast, Mr Ryan said.
“It means we’re prepared if river levels rise significantly beyond our current expectations.”
Mr Ryan said that for now EW’s flood response team would continue to:
“If any change in current or forecast conditions requires a public warning we will work closely with Civil Defence to advise people,” Mr Ryan said.