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Published: 2012-07-27 00:00:00

1615hrs
Waikato Regional Council says there’s still a possibility of further heavy rain on the Coromandel Peninsula and Kaimai Ranges on Sunday and Monday.

Metservice is maintaining its severe weather outlook advising of the potential for rain on the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty over those two days.

There is also potential for the upper Waikato River catchment to be affected.

Any such rain will fall on catchments soaked by this week’s heavy downpours and add to pressures on already swollen rivers.

Currently rivers around the region – as well as the regional council’s flood management infrastructure such as stopbanks and pumps – are handling the extra water OK, and it’s hoped they will be able to cope with any more heavy rain from Sunday.

“But we will be watching the situation closely over the weekend in case rain is worse than expected or there are any other unforeseen developments,” said emergency management officer Greg Ryan.

“We will issue fresh information as necessary and encourage the public to keep up to date with weather forecasts, river levels and the condition of transport links.”

Rainfall and river level data is available at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz.