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Otago Residents Advised To Keep A Watch On Local Rivers

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20 FEB 2009 - The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is monitoring local rivers for predicted heavy rainfalls in north and coastal Otago over the weekend.

ORC Director of Environmental Information and Science Dr John Threlfall said parts of North Otago are at the greatest risk of flooding with the Metservice predicting up to 150mm of rain in northern catchments, coastal Otago and the eastern Otago hills as far as Central Otago in the next 36 hours until Sunday afternoon.

"The Kakanui and Shag Rivers are of greatest concern at the moment and may rise considerably in this event, but there is also a risk of flooding in the lower Taieri catchment and Dunedin city area," Dr Threlfall said.

To keep up to date on the situation in Otago you can refer to the ORC website at water.orc.govt.nz or www.orc.govt.nz/waterinfo or by phoning the water info number on 0800 426 463. Dr Threlfall said the ORC will provide further public updates as required.

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