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Video: Foolhardy motorists and cyclist travel on flooded Christchurch roads

Ex-tropical Cyclone Cook is causing some streets to flood and rivers to breach in Christchurch as it winds its way south.

Ex-tropical Cyclone Cook is causing some streets to flood and rivers to breach in Christchurch as it winds its way south. Source: 1 NEWS

The worst of the surface flooding is affecting suburbs surrounding the Heathcote River, an area already prone to flooding since the quakes.

Wet weather from ex-tropical Cyclone Cook has hit the city today. Source: 1 NEWS

Waimea, Hunter, Palatine, Eastern and Riverlaw Terrace's are currently impassable in places due to the Heathcote having breached its banks. However no homes are at risk.

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Meanwhile the Flockton Basin area in St Albans, which also dropped in level as a result of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, is also experiencing minor surface flooding around the Carrick Street area.

The $48 million Christchurch City Council Dudley Stream Flood mitigation project to permanently fix the Flockton flooding risk is currently underway and due to be completed later this year.

Council staff yesterday set up temporary pumping units in nearby Warrington Street, which are working to reduce water levels.

The Avon River in the central city is also running high.

The controversial Anthony Gormley statue, one of a pair purchased by the Council from the famed British artist, is currently shoulder-deep in river water on Cambridge Terrace.

There have been no reports of serious flooding further south of the city.

Cyclone Cook is due to skirt the coast on its journey south, and will reach the Otago coast area by late afternoon.