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Published: 2012-07-24 00:00:00

0845hrs
Rain on the Coromandel and Hauraki Plains has eased overnight after heavy falls over the weekend and yesterday caused a significant rise in river levels and closed off some roads.

Waikato Regional Council emergency management officer Greg Ryan said the swollen Ohinemuri, Piako, Waihou and Waitoa rivers were mostly coping with the higher than usual volumes of water at this stage. Stoplogs blocking off state highway 26 at the Criterion bridge entrance to Paeroa have been removed this morning after the Ohinemuri receded from its overnight peak. The weather forecast is for improving conditions this week

“However, the Piako, Waitoa and Waihou rivers have yet to reach expected flood peaks. Landowners near these rivers are encouraged to keep a close eye on the situation,” said Mr Ryan

“River levels generally remain very high and the council will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep a check on the condition of stopbanks and pumps designed to protect local communities.”

To the west, the rain of the past few days will prolong flooding of the Waikato and Waipa rivers which had swollen after rains last week. These rivers are expected to be at levels similar to last week for several days.

“We ask the public to be mindful of the elevated levels of risk related to the flooding of waterways and to stay abreast of the latest information on weather conditions,” Mr Ryan said.