Water levels continue to rise in the Timaru district after stormy weather battered the region last weekend.
Civil Defence has said flooding particularly in the Rangitata South Branch is worsening and may continue to do so for some time.
The existing evacuation notice ordered for the area last Saturday remains in place, but Civil Defence have urged those who may have returned home in the interim to evacuate.
Due to the significant risk that properties could be cut off, those who were given clearance by response teams yesterday are urged to leave.
If you feel in immediate danger, call 111.
State Highway 1 over the river remains closed, but a road at Arundal Bridge over the Upper Rangitata on Route 72 is open.
Featured Image: Water levels continue to rise in the Timaru district after stormy weather battered the region last weekend. Photo / Stuff / Via Google Image.