Residents in Nelson are being told to clear leaves and other rubbish from their stormwater drains with heavy rain expected today.
Rain ahead of a front is expected to continue to affect large parts of the west and north of the South Island.
The MetService has issued a severe weather warning, with the bulk of the rain expected to fall in the ranges of Buller and north-west Nelson. Up to 270 millimetres is expected to fall.
Nelson City Council spokesman Alec Louverdis says the council cannot check every storm water drain in the city, so if residents can clear them, it will greatly help in minimising surface flooding.
A heavy rain warning is also in place for the ranges of Nelson Lakes National Park, Richmond Range, and the Marlborough Sounds.
This is also the case for Tararua Range and Mt Taranaki, with significant rain forecast throughout the weekend.
There is also the possibility of severe gales in parts of Marlborough, the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and southern Wairarapa overnight and tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, rain has eased in Fiordland and about the Otago headwaters, and the weather warning has been lifted.
Rain is also due to ease in parts of Westland but will return
tonight, with a warning still in place for the area and the
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- with Newstalk ZB