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Published: 2002-07-05 00:00:00

Environment Waikato’s Flood Response Team is on alert this weekend for expected heavy rain, which could cause flooding in the Waikato and Waipa catchments.

The Waikato has had steady rain for several weeks, leaving the area soggy and rivers full. Late today alarms were being set off along the Waikato and Environment Waikato expects flows to increase over the weekend, with high flows by Sunday in the lower Waikato.

More rain is forecast throughout the weekend, peaking again on Sunday and localised flooding is already being experienced in low lying areas and walking paths in Hamilton City. The Council is working closely with Hamilton City Council to keep an eye on river paths and other areas prone to flooding.