South Island flooding

There was extensive flooding yesterday in many parts of Canterbury and Otago. It kept raining through the night in Dunedin and by the look of things elsewhere, and rivers are reported to be running at record levels.

A state of emergency was declared in Timaru yesterday and in Dunedin overnight.

When daylight arrives in an hour or two we will get a better idea of how bad things are.

And just as I was typing up this the power came off, and it’s just come back on 3 hours later, so I’m a bit behind this morning.


  1. Ray

     /  July 22, 2017

    Stopped raining at last on 45’S.
    Tipped 105 mm out of gauge this morning
    Waihao river running three times as much as the Waitaki last night.
    Roads mostly passable but not officially open as it takes ages to tick all the boxes

  2. Zedd

     /  July 22, 2017

    laid awake until about 2am listening to the rain & hoping the ‘one in 50 year event in Sth Dn’ (in 2015) is not going to repeat again in 2017 or become an annual thing ?

    luckily the drains seem to be coping & it has slowed to a cold drizzle now. fingers crossed it will move off SOON :/

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 22, 2017

      Glad you are ok, Zedd. Was thinking of you and your drains last night.

    • It looks like 2015 was a major wake up call for DCC and they have sorted many of the drainage issues out now. They seem to have been well prepared for this one and are on top of most of it.

      No sign of anything other than isolated surface flooding in South Dunedin.

  3. sorethumb

     /  July 22, 2017

    No bussing to Dunedin airport?.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 22, 2017

    Had an update from son in Chch – a bit wet with water lying around but not abnormal and not across the road.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 22, 2017

      I see the Selwyn River is making a come-back to the point that people around it need evacuation.


    • Widespread flooding on the Taieri Plain. It’s very susceptible to flooding but this is extensive.

  6. Ray

     /  July 22, 2017

    Good to see DDC got the message and organised the cleaning of the mud traps before the rain this time.