The Tuapeka Mouth punt on-ramp has been closed after being partially submerged under the rising Clutha River. Photo: Jack Conroy Rising waters in Lake Wanaka and Lake Wakitupu could cause flooding this week as heavy rain hits the region, the Otago Regional Council is warning. Meanwhile, heavy rain hitting the country today has already caused road closures in the South and the closure of the Tuapeka Mouth punt bridge on the Clutha. A MetService severe weather warning for heavy rainfall for Otago’s headwaters is in place until 5pm tomorrow. A warning is in place for Fiordland until 5pm tomorrow. In a statement this morning the Otago Regional Council (ORC) said there was a strong potential for high lake levels this week, as further periods of significant heavy rain follow the heavy rainfall experienced overnight and in the last few days. ORC Duty Flood Officer Jean-Luc Paya said headwater rivers feeding into lakes Wakatipu and Wanaka (such as the Dart River and the Matukituki River) had risen significantly during the night. The water levels for […]