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Cyclists are urged to take extra care along the Roxburgh Gorge Trail where large “ponds” have been forming over recent weeks.

Roxburgh Gorge Trails Trust was among the groups working to determine where the water was coming from and what needed to be done to fix it.

Trustee Dr Barrie Wills said after working with the Central Otago District Council and Fulton Hogan, the water was found to be coming from a slope above the trail.

He said there were three leaks discovered on O’Neill Cres, Alexandra, which were thought to be causing the problem.

Dr Wills urged the public to be aware of the flooding if they ventured to the track and to take care.

He said although he had raked most of the soaked debris off the trail, the combination of water and fallen poplar leaves was still making it “quite slippery” in places.

“It could take another two to three weeks before the water flow ceases and the trail dries out, assuming all the leaks have been found,” he said.

“The remainder of the trail is in good order despite the recent wet winter conditions. Some work is planned to clear a couple of small slumps to the south of the Narrows boardwalk, but otherwise the trail is holding up well with over 4000 users per month on it at peak times.”

Dr Wills encourages trail users to complete an online survey at getsmartglobal.com/roxburghgorge to help ensure the facility continues to get the funding it needs for maintenance from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.