Lake Levels Heading Up
Wanaka Sun (page 3) | Published Thursday May 14, 2015
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The jetty outside the Log Cabin disappears - Lake Wanaka was at 278.65 metres above sea level (masl) at 9am yesterday (Wednesday May 13, 2015). With 44mm of rain in the past seven days, Lake Wanaka is expected to rise to nearly 279.2 masl. (Photo: Nikki Heath)[/caption]
With 44mm of rain in the past seven days, Lake Wanaka is expected to rise to nearly 279.2 metres above sea level. That is still safely below the 280masl which causes flooding in the township, but issues could still arise in the next 24 hours, the Otago Regional Council said at mid-morning yesterday.
ORC director of hazards, engineering and science, Dr Gavin Palmer, said, based on current predictions, flooding of the township was not a high risk. However, rainfall predicted for the next 24 hours would push the lake level up to near surface flooding levels. Dr Palmer said there was some uncertainty around the impact of localised thunderstorms on lake levels and he has urged everyone in low-lying areas to be prepared in case the rainfall is heavier than predicted.
Lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu have a history of flooding, so taking steps now to ensure mitigation measures were ready was appropriate, he said. The lakes are expected to be high from late yesterday or early today and remain high for the rest of the week.
For more information, go to Otago Regional Council website: Water Level at Lake Wanaka
, call the Flowphone on 0800 426463 or register for flood alerts via Twitter on the Otago Regional Council website: Twitter flood alert service
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