Heavy rain closes schools

Hawke's Bay Today - - LOCAL NEWS - Ge­or­gia May Gil­bert­son

Hun­dreds of Hawke’s Bay stu­dents had to take a day off schoolyes­ter­day due to the heavy rain­fall and gale force winds.

A to­tal of 13 schools closed their doors due to the wind and heavy rain which ham­mered the North Is­land on Mon­day night and yes­ter­day.

Hau­moana School, El­sthorpe School, Mo­haka School, Pakipaki School and Pakowhai School an­nounced clo­sures early yes­ter­day morn­ing as streams spilled over and slips be­gan to tum­ble on to roads.

Other schools across the re- gion fol­lowed suit, in­clud­ing Te Po­hue, Meea­nee, Tu­tira, Pa­toka, Puke­hamoamoa, Lucknow, Omakere and We­ber School.

A Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion spokesman said the clo­sures af­fected hun­dreds of stu­dents across the Hawke’s Bay and thou­sands across the coun­try.

Par­ents and care­givers were ad­vised to con­tact schools di­rectly or check their web­sites or so­cial me­dia pages for clo­sures.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion said the de­ci­sion to close schools re­mained with the board of trustees for each school and man­agers/own­ers for early learn­ing ser­vices.

We­ber School prin­ci­pal Janine Satchewell said they had to close the school early yes­ter­day af­ter­noon as they were wor­ried about ris­ing waters in the area.

The school has 66 stu­dents and Satchewell said she had to phone par­ents and care­givers to pick up their chil­dren.

A to­tal of 2557 Hawke’s Bay stu­dents were af­fected over­all..

The Hawke’s Bay re­gion con­tin­ued to stay wet yes­ter­day with 36 mil­lime­tres of rain mea­sured at Hawke’s Bay Air­port and 67 mil­lime­tres mea­sured in Hast­ings.

Wind speeds reached up to 75 kilo­me­tres an hour at times.

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