Heavy rainfall likely to impact transport

Thursday 20 July, 2017

Heavy rainfall is forecast for the Canterbury region tomorrow and Saturday, and Ashburton District Council is advising the community to prepare for disruption to transport and localised flooding.

Canterbury south of the Rakaia River is forecast to get between 150 and 200 millimetres of rain (equivalent to one month’s worth) from Friday morning through to Saturday, and there is a possibility of strong southwest gale winds on the coast, according to weather forecast company MetService.

Council recommends those looking to travel around Canterbury on Friday to consider travelling this afternoon or waiting until Saturday when weather conditions are predicted to improve. Those who do travel on Friday are urged to drive with caution.

Recent rain in the last few weeks has already saturated the Canterbury Plains, and the heavy rainfall forecast for tomorrow will likely cause rivers to rise. Localised surface flooding is also expected which may affect roads throughout Canterbury.

Information and updates on the forecasted weather can be found on the MetService website.

Page reviewed: 21 Jul 2017 2:00pm