Flooded lakes district still on high alert

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Wanaka residents and businesses are beginning to get back to normal after the recent flooding, but with Lake Wanaka still on a high level alert the situation will continue to be monitored.

Otago Regional Council spokesman Ryan Tippett said the highest point Lake Wanaka reached was 280.38m on Sunday afternoon, but had started to fall since then.
As of yesterday morning the lake was still on a high level alert, with a high lake level of 279.95m, above the alert threshold level of 279.40m.

A Queenstown Lakes District Council spokesman said clean­up activities were continuing, including removing tonnes of driftwood from the Wanaka foreshore.

Further removals were planned at the end of the week, and business owners who wished to dispose of sandbags could return them to the original collection points.
Sewer services were restored to properties in the central business district on Tuesday afternoon.

Parts of Ardmore St and Helwick St were reopened on Tuesday morning, but lakefront car parks and public toilets remained closed in all affected and high-risk areas, a spokesman said.

The reopening of the Wanaka Dinosaur Park would be evaluated once water had receded and the council parks team were able to see what work was required to get the playgrounds up and running (for example, replacement of fall protection material).
Tracks and trails would also remain closed until the parks team were able to evaluate any washouts and potential risks.