November 17, 1999Rain Stops In
Central Otago But Flood Waters Remain
The rain has stopped in Central Otago but much of the region
remains underwater today with residents watching to see if rising floodwaters have peaked.
Theres heavy flooding in Alexandra but no further
evacuations have been carried out since more than 200 people were moved from their homes
The local council said it appears the flooding peaked at 1am
In Queenstown the lake level was still moving up but was
expected to peak this afternoon.
Queenstown remains cut off by flooding that has closed both
roads into the town. The shopping area remains flooded and the town has run out of bread
Roading contractors will this morning work to clear roads
blocked by slips and flooding around Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka.
Transit New Zealand was hoping to get at least single lane
access in the problem areas today, but said in some areas, contractors will have to wait
for heavy flooding to recede.
Southland roads have also suffered considerable damage.