Papakura Normal School’s playground was also out of action due to severe flooding.
Principal Judy Morgan says it was the fourth time in the past month the grounds have been drenched in flood water.
Water was also up against school buildings but luckily it didn’t get into any of the classrooms, she says.
The school was still open for the day but Morgan asked parents of junior students to keep their kids home if they can.
Papakura Fire Station officer Peter Rowe assessed the flooding at the school with his crew, but said there was ‘‘not much we can do’’.
The drains in the area were already full and he would have had to pump the water somewhere else, he says. daily training Masters Games.
He headed out there from Sylvia Park deliberately, keen to cycle to the Games’ route, rain or shine.
Hefting his bike through a particularly deep bit of road flooding, he says: ‘‘Well, at least it’s warm.’’
‘‘I wasn’t certain it’d be so flooded here this morning, so thought I’d just give it try,’’ he for the World says.
‘‘My shoes are a bit wetter than usual ...
‘‘It’s not like I’m gonna call emergency services.’’
The upcoming World Masters Games will be the 35-year-old’s first.
He says that picking his way through slipsand pushing through floods ‘‘actually makes for a better training session’’.