We’ve now had about 180 mls of rain in the last couple of days, considerably more than we’d had in total since the start of the year as this Otago Regional Council graph shows:
State Highway 1 closed from the north yesterday morning. The radio told us it had closed from the south too, but it was open until late afternoon.
I had to go into Oamaru yesterday morning and on the way home stopped in Enfield to pick up a Road Closed sign which had blown over. While I was doing that a car stopped and the driver asked for directions to Christchurch.
They were Australian tourists. Their map had only main roads so I brought them home to print some Google maps for them. My farmer rang Rural Transport because truck firms usually have the most reliable information on roads. Rex told us the only way to get north from here was the very long way – inland to Omarama then north via Tekapo, Fairlie and Geraldine.
I managed to get in to town to MC the Enterprising Rural Women Awards last night and the road was still open when I came home.
It’s still raining but my farmer has just phoned from the top of the farm. He says there’s no snow on the Kakanui Mountains and he can see a break in the weather to the south.
As timing goes it could be worse – cows are being dried off and no-one’s lambing or calving.
However hundreds of people will be trying to shift home because the current dairy season ends on Monday and this is when sharemilkers, dairy farm managers, staff and stock move farms in large numbers.
Roads closed throughout Canterbury and Otago will make that difficult.