Council watching weather situation closely
Monday, 2 May 2011 5:00 p.m.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff are keeping a close watch on developing weather conditions with a deep low expected to bring periods of heavy rain to the region overnight.
The Metservice has forecasted a period of heavy rain for the Bay of Plenty through to Tuesday afternoon, and Gisborne north of Ruatoria through to Tuesday night. In these areas up to 150mm of rain is possible about the ranges with lesser amounts for lower lying areas.
The Metservice has also forecasted peak intensities of 15 to 20mm/hr overnight Monday and Tuesday with possible thunderstorms. Lower lying areas may receive 60 to 90mm of rain in this time.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Flood Duty Manager Graeme O'Rourke said a number of precautionary measures have been taken with pumps and drainage systems in preparation for heavy rainfall and staff are on standby throughout the night to respond if required.
"Rivers are currently at a low to average flow so they have capacity but the catchments are already quite saturated."
"Farmers should move to stock to higher ground if they haven't already," said Mr O'Rourke.
Mr O'Rourke said the public should be aware that the weather system may bring periods of heavy rain and strong winds during the next 24 hours.
For further information on weather predictions please go to www.metservice.com
For live monitoring and regional rainfall data go to http://monitoring.boprc.govt.nz/MonitoredSites/cgi-bin/hydwebserver.cgi/districts/details?district=3