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Live weather updates: Clean up in the south, heavy rain warnings for the north

Slip debris covers Reavers Lane in Queenstown after heavy rains.
Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

Heavy rain warnings are in place for parts of the North Island as an active front moves up north after battering the South Island earlier this week.

The state of emergency in Southland has now been lifted but some roads across Invercargill remain closed.

The emergency was declared on Thursday after heavy rain and flooding.

The region has now moved into a recovery phase and Mayor Nobby Clark said the clean-up will take some time.

He said some people have been significantly impacted by the floods which can be distressing.

Clark said Civil Defence payments are available and can help to cover the costs of food, bedding, clothing, accommodation and loss of income.

Queenstown’s mayor said that there, crews cleaning up the town are making good progress, but they are also taking care not to cause more slips.

After two days of heavy rain and flooding, the council’s clean up crews are focused on two areas affected by logs, silt and gravel coming off the hills.

Ten properties have been red-stickered and two are yellow-stickered on Reavers Lane near Gorge Road.

MetService said the front which hammered the South Island this week was slowly moving onto the North Island and would continue moving slowly eastwards across the island during the weekend.

A heavy rain watch is in place until Sunday for Northland, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taihape, Whanganui, and Taupo west and south of the Lake, and Taranaki.

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