Benmore spillway open again

Rain and melting snow have over-filled hydro lakes so Meridian Energy has opened the spillway on Benmore Dam.

Low lake levels get blamed for rises in power prices, can we expect high levels to lead to a price fall?

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I didn’t have a camera with me so took these photos on my phone. Better quality shots from when the spillway was opened in Janaury are here.

There were signs warning of surface flooding at the start of the Lindis Pass when we drove home from Wanaka yesterday and there were several places where the river had crossed the road. 

We passed a sign saying road closed ahead just east of Omarama. It was open when we got there but workers were looking at washouts around the bridge over the Otamatapaio with concern.

Further down the Waitaki Valley the river flats were flooded. We’re about 20 kms from there as the crow flies, had 100 mls of rain over the weekend and it’s pouring again now.

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