It's Raining Again!

Published: 14-Aug-2017

With up to 50mm of rain forecast for today, expect a bit of water build up around the District again Waimakariri.

We have had a bit of practice lately, with this being the third significant rain ‘event’ for the year.

Because of the recent rain, this latest batch is falling on very wet ground with an already high water table. This means that ponding and water spillage on some roads is inevitable.

Drivers are urged to exercise extreme caution on the district’s roads, which are already slippery and likely to continue to be so, until the rain eases, which is expected to be later in the day.

The most intense rain is expected to fall in the mid-to-late morning so keep a watch out for puddles and roadside ponding.

On the infrastructure front, Council has four (water) sucker trucks on standby.

We will monitor the sewer system particularly in the areas of Hills Street/Ohoka Road, Kaiapoi and Cridland Street West, Kaiapoi. 

We also have temporary storm pumps that can be deployed within one hour’s notice (if needed) and have been keeping an eye on rainfall and water levels throughout the district overnight.

The Water Unit has been busy checking all pumps stations, inlet grills and flap gates this morning.

We expect the drainage systems to cope with this rainfall. 

Even so, we will continue to closely monitor areas that are prone to flooding, while keeping an eye on the rainfall and forecast.

Anyone with any problems can alert Council by calling our customer service line 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV).

Name: Matt McIlraith

Phone: 0800 965 468