Flood water forces school to close doors

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A school was forced to close this week after flood water came up through toilets and from the roof.

Students at Acton Primary School were told to stay at home on Monday and Tuesday after staff found the damage when they arrived on Monday morning.

The school has now reopened, with all students back in class and just two areas still to be cleared.

Heavy rain across the region left a backlog of schools needing assistance, resulting in Acton not being cleared for opening until Tuesday for the following day.

“Unfortunately, water had collected on the roof after the downpour and came down the walls and into our classrooms,” said a spokeswoman.

Water ran down one of the lights in the classrooms and the school had to have its electrics signed off before it could reopen.

Water also flooded pipes under the school and came up through the boys’ toilets.

Fortunately, no sewage had leaked into the building.

The spokeswoman said the school had not had a problem with flooding in the past, but said Sunday’s rain, after heavy rain the day before, had “put the kibosh on us”.

Water was still pouring in when staff arrived on Monday and the decision was taken to inform parents that the school would not open.

“We were able to tell all the children,” said the spokeswoman. “Everybody was very understanding – it was just a question of waiting for various people to clear the problem areas.”

There is no idea of the cost of the damage yet, but the spokeswoman said the most important thing was the safety of the children.

She added the flooding would have “absolutely no effect” on the children’s education.