Information on natural hazards including flooding is available from many sources.
Information for individuals on planning to cope with many natural hazards, including flooding is available at the ‘Get Thru’ website. To learn how to plan for floods visit the United Nations Stop Disasters website. For children, the FEMA website contains some educational games on dealing with floods.
If you want to know when it might rain, the Metservice website includes heavy rain warnings and watches. The predicted weather for the next few days can be seen and when it starts raining their rain radar can show where the falls are heaviest.
Regional councils are a good source of information on current river levels and local rainfall. During floods many regional councils will also issue flood warnings on their websites. Some councils have arrangements to provide data on telephone information lines or via texting.
Northland Region - Civil defence text alerts
Auckland Region - HydroTel map interface
Waikato Region - River levels and rainfall
Bay of Plenty Region - Water levels
Gisborne District - Civil defence and emergency management information
Taranaki Region - Your environment online web pages
Hawke’s Bay Region - Water web pages
Manawatu Region - River heights and rainfall
Wellington Region - Environmental monitoring
Marlborough District - Environmental monitoring
Tasman District - Rivers and rainfall
West Coast Region - River level and rainfall
Canterbury Region - Monitoring tools
Otago Region - Water information web pages
Southland Region - Rivers and rainfall data
District and city councils are also good sources of information on local flooding and road closures. You can find more information about your local council at the Local Government website.
GNS Science and NIWA run the Natural Hazards Centre website with information on various natural hazards including floods.
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management maintain a list of links to local civil defence organisations at district/city and regional councils.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has information on emergencies affecting the rural sector..
Last updated: 27 September 2007