PLAY­GROUND UN­DER­WA­TER

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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’’.

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