dart river track blocked by flooding

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  • Queenstown Lakes District Council about an hour ago via Mobile The Dart River has been blocked by a slip at Sandy Bluff, causing flooding at Dredge Flat and lowering the river flow considerably below the slip. GNS experts are assessing the situation and possible solutions. In the meantime DOC strongly advises trampers to avoid the Rees Dart circuit and QLDC Harbourmaster Marty Black warns boaties to stay off the Dart River. The danger includes flooding and surging water levels if the blockage in the river gives way suddenly. We'll post updates here as more information is available. https://www.facebook.com/QLDCinfo
  • Not surprising. Its been raining almost continuously there since New Years.
  • All trampers have been accounted for and confirmed safe after the Dart River was blocked by a massive valley landslip at Sandy Bluff, about 10km above Chinamans Bluff. The landslip crashed down about noon on Saturday, authorities said, and they warned it posed hazards for trampers, campers and boat enthusiasts. http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/287345/surge-threat-dart-landslip-dam
  • Status Update By Queenstown Lakes District Council Update on the Dart River: GNS scientists have assessed the slip and say a lake about 4km long has been formed from Sandy Bluff upstream, covering the full width of the valley across Dredge Flat. Please contact DOC for information about the effects on trampers. GNS does not expect there will be any sudden surge of water released from the dam. On that basis, Harbourmaster Marty Black advises river users to stay alert for debris and changes in water level.
  • news clip http://www.3news.co.nz/Dart-River-flowing-again-after-slip/tabid/1160/articleID/327364/Default.aspx
  • Damn! Didn't realise it was THAT big. Doesn't look like its going anywhere. Lake Dart, huh.
  • Doc conservation services manager John Roberts said many sections of the Dart Valley Track between Daleys Flat Hut and Bedford Stream ''are either underwater or are undercut and have fallen away''. The track was closed between Daleys Flat Hut and Bedford Stream and would be for ''some time''. http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/287428/jet-boats-return-dart-following-landslip
  • What a great opportunity to explore the Rees-Dart in some tranquility ... and I'm stuck in the NI - stuffit! I'd be off on that long-postponed-coz-I-can't-face-the-crowds Cascade Saddle trip otherwise ...
  • Doc plans detour past Dart flood http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/287528/doc-plans-detour-past-dart-flood
  • Doc works to connect track http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/287726/doc-works-connect-track
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