As a result of the recent heavy rain in the headwaters of the Clutha rivers the lake levels in the Upper Clutha are high and are continuing to rise. Further rain is predicted for the next few days.
Expectations are that the Clutha River at Balclutha will rise to approximately 2100 cumecs overnight Thursday 5 December, and will continue to rise for the next few days as the lake water drains out to sea. At 3.00 pm Thursday the river was flowing at nearly 1580 cumecs.
The Harbour Master has recommended that everyone stays off the river. In addition to fast flows, there is danger from floating debris.
The Otago Regional Council, the councils along the river, and Clutha District Council are continuing to monitor the situation.
For Farmers in the Lower Clutha Delta
The river is not at the level where dry stock needs to be moved. However, if the situation escalates it MAY become necessary for dry stock (including bulls, calves etc) to be moved. Farmers in the delta who could be affected are asked to prepare by thinking about where and how they would do this.
If events escalate so that it is necessary to move stock, farmers will be contacted.
The Adverse Events Local Area Contacts are available to be contacted with farmers concerns.