More rain heading for cut off Roxburgh

  • 28/11/2017

The bad bout of weather which flooded the Central Otago town of Roxburgh seems to be shifting north.

A Fire and Emergency spokesman says they were called to five flooding events in Alexandra and Clyde over Monday night. There were no evacuations.

The flooding in Clyde.
The flooding in Clyde. Photo credit: Supplied / James Gunn

It follows devastation in Roxburgh, where locals are working to clean up their Central Otago township after a flash flood at the weekend.

Six hundred people were left without power and water after Roxburgh was hit by the flood on Sunday, sparking precautionary evacuations of homes.

Police say sewerage and water will likely not be back on in the area until at least Wednesday, with some highways around the area also closed overnight.

And there are fears the town may be in for more rain.

While Monday gave the town a respite from the downpours, police and local authorities are bracing for the possibility of heavy rain on Tuesday.

The flooding in Clyde.
The flooding in Clyde. Photo credit: Supplied / James Gunn

"Police are working closely alongside the Central Otago District Council and other services to prepare in case heavy rain does fall," Senior Sergeant Ian Kerris said.

"We will continue to have an increased police presence in the Roxburgh township over the next few days, and we encourage anyone with concerns to get in touch with us."

The MetService said while Tuesday morning was likely to be clear, showers - some heavy - were expected in the afternoon, along with a chance of thunderstorms and hail.

Scattered showers were also tipped for Wednesday.

Portaloos were being brought down for those without toilets and a larger tanker was set up at the local fire station to provide drinking water, the council said.

Phone lines around Millers Flat were also still out and cellphone coverage across the area was intermittent, with repair crews working on the issue, police said on Monday night.

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