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Published: 2012-07-30 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council is closely monitoring the river level impacts of heavy rain on the Coromandel Peninsula and the Kaimai Ranges.

Up to 150 millimetres has fallen on the Coromandel in the 24 hours till 8am, while the Kaimai Ranges have received up to 100 millimetres in the same period. The rain is forecast to continue into this afternoon.

The downpours have placed renewed pressure on the Kauaeranga, Ohinemuri, Piako, Waihou and Waitoa rivers, already swollen by last week’s heavy rain.

But emergency management officer Greg Ryan said no major river-related problems are expected at this stage.

“River systems and our flood management infrastructure should be able to cope with the forecast amount of new rain.

“However, we are monitoring the situation closely in case anything unexpected arises.

“We urge farmers and the general public to be alert for rising river levels, slips and disruption to transport links.”

To the west, levels of the Waikato and Waipa rivers – also swollen from last week’s rains – are expected to continue declining this week.

Rainfall and river level data is available at