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People warned to stay clear of Canty river

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/11/2016

People should stay well clear of Conway River because of a potential rapid rise in the water level, Canterbury Civil Defence says.

It says a landslide from last week's earthquake formed a dam in the Towy River, a tributary to the Conway.

The dam is now in imminent danger of over-topping, which could result in a rapid water level rise and debris downstream on the Conway.

Civil Defence says there are serious concerns for safety and nobody should be in or near the river.

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