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Fears of flooding with more wet weather forecast for Central Otago


Students and staff from Queenstown's Wakatipu High School will be evacuated from their school camp today, with more wet weather forecast for Central Otago.

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Emergency crews are on standby in case Lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu flood. Source: 1 NEWS

Both Lake Wanaka and Lake Wakatipu are currently above the high lake level threshold and emergency teams are on standby to help should levels get higher.

There are an additional 1000 sandbags expected to be delivered to residents of Wanaka today in preparation for this. 

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More wet weather is forecast for Central Otago today, December 5. Source: Breakfast

Some of those sandbags could also get delivered to Queenstown, Glenorchy and Kingston. 

While weather warnings are no longer in place for the area, there are still watches out for downpours in Westland, Fiordland and the Otago Headwaters.

MetService has also forecast occasional showers in Queenstown and Invercargill which could hit Alexandra and Dunedin this afternoon.