13 Feb 2009

Heavy rain clearing

9:19 am on 13 February 2009

Heavy rain warnings lapsed as the worst of the rain that affected large areas of New Zealand was over by Friday morning.

MetService had warned that rain on Thursday could be the heaviest of the summer from Canterbury to the Bay of Plenty.

More than 100mm did fall in the Tararua Ranges and on Mt Taranaki, but lower areas fared better.

There were flash floods in Wanganui on Tuesday, and the city council braced for a repeat, placing sandbags in some low-lying areas. However, the worst of the severe weather missed the city and the river did not overflow.

Duty forecaster Vive Biukoto says 27.8 mm of rain fell in Wanganui between midday and 11pm.

She says most rain on Thursday night fell on the Central Plateau, and further rainfall was expected around the Bay of Plenty's eastern ranges on Friday morning.