This message was posted at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday 16 November.
Heavy rain has been falling along the main divide since early this morning, and is expected to ease off later this evening. This follows several bursts of heavy rain throughout the week. As a result, the Waimakariri River will rise throughout the night and flow at higher than normal levels.
The other alpine rivers (Rangitata, Rakaia and to a lesser extent the Hurunui and Waiau Uwha) will also be carrying higher than normal flows.
Environment Canterbury does not expect any rivers to rise to significant flood levels, or for there to be any ‘out of river’ flood problems. However, any recreationalists or contractors using riverbeds should remain wary of rising water levels.
River flow and rainfall information can be found here: