St Theresa’s feels the love

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

Donna McDon­ald knew what was com­ing but was pow­er­less to watch her school al­most dis­ap­pear un­der wa­ter.

The St Theresa’s School prin­ci­pal had al­ready given staff and stu­dents the day off last Mon­day due to the se­vere earth­quake that rocked the re­gion.

The fol­low­ing day, heavy rain was forecast and it came in hard.

More than 80mm fell in a few hours and the north­ern part of Porirua copped the brunt.

‘‘We knew it was go­ing to rain, but not like that,’’ McDon­ald said last Wed­nes­day.

‘‘The wa­ter was up to my thigh, I’ve never seen any­thing like it.’’

The del­uge on Tues­day morn­ing turned James St into a river and the school grounds and church next door were swamped.

The school grounds and court­yard were a lake and the main block was filled with silt. A PE shed was flooded.

The church fared badly, with wa­ter pour­ing into the main hall and the church of­fices. Car­pet in both ar­eas was ru­ined and some of­fice fur­ni­ture soaked.

In­cred­i­bly, the nave, where ser­vices are held was spared as it sits higher.

McDon­ald said the com­mu­nity turned up in droves on the day the rain came, and the day af­ter.

‘‘The Plim­mer­ton [Vol­un­teer] Fire Brigade were in­cred­i­ble and it has just been so heart­warm­ing to see the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Par­ents [of school­child­ren] have been fan­tas­tic and Ian [Capewell] from Plim­mer­ton Mo­tors was awe­some.

Fa­ther Mau­rice Car­mody said to see wa­ter pour­ing in from the road into the church grounds was a strange feel­ing.

‘‘We just could not stop it, it was a re­lent­less tide,’’ he said.

‘‘It was in­cred­i­ble to have peo­ple show up and give their time to help us here.’’

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