Floods close roads but no damage reported yet

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Flooding from heavy rain which forced three days of road closures throughout the South is receding, authorities say.
The task of assessing damage has begun but early reports are it is not too bad.
“The water is receding at this stage. It is mostly surface flooding,” Clutha District Council operations manager Paul Jamison said.
Winslade Rd, in Kelso, was the only road remaining closed yesterday morning.
There had been no reported damage due to flooding in Tapanui, Mr Jamison said.
Gore District Council communications manager Sonia Gerken said council staff were monitoring the Mataura River.
“The Mataura River levels are quite high,” Mrs Gerken said.
The council would not know how bad the damage was until the water receded.
“At this stage, things aren’t looking too bad,” she said.
Woolwich Rd was closed yesterday morning due to flooding of the Mataura River.
Surface flooding on River Rd was not enough to close the road. Further down the Mataura River, Holz Rd was closed.
Southland District Council communications manager Louise Pagan said there had been no reported damage in the Southland district but it would not know the extent of the damage until water levels receded.
“We are keeping a close eye on it,” Mrs Pagan said.
MetService meteorologist Tom Adams said it was likely Southland would get more rain over the next couple of days.
“There is a front coming through,” Mr Adams said.
There would be some rain but not as much as in the past couple of days, with about 10mm of rain expected, he said.
There was also a severe weather watch in place for Clutha and Southland with northwest gales predicted.
MetService forecaster Georgina Griffiths said February should start with improved weather.
“It won’t be as cold as it has been,” she said.
The rainfall should return to average.