This message is recorded at midmorning Friday 6th December 2019.
We attempted to enter the river to clear shingle from the intake this morning with the intention to get water flowing for irrigation but we were unsuccessful due to the river level remaining to high to undertake the works necessary to open the intake for irrigation.
The rain has eased today and the present flow at the Otarama is 370 cumecs and slowly dropping.
A warning is in place for more heavy rain in the main divide Friday – Saturday morning. The catchment is very wet and the river is expected to rise again on Saturday as a result of the rain. River flow patterns can change quickly as a result.
We will keep you updated as this ongoing weather event unfolds. We will be reviewing the river levels and rainfall regularly with the intention to open for irrigation as soon as we can.