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Flooding closes two schools and kindergarten on Kapiti Coast

Report from RNZ
Two schools and a kindergarten on the Kapiti Coast were closed today after 70 millimetres of rain overnight.

Emergency services received eight calls for flooding in Raumati and Paraparaumu Beach between 7-8am this morning. Raumati Beach School, Paraparaumu Beach School and Raumati Beach Kindergarten were all closed.

Raumati Beach School principal Mike Farrelly said water was up over his gumboots in parts of the school.

Flooding had blocked entrances and parts of the school, so a decision was made with the board of trustees to close.

Metservice has warned heavy rain could cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly as a cold front moves up the country.

A house under repair following last month’s flooding was inundated again by the heavy rain. The street was completely flooded when the owner’s father arrived at the property this morning. Water inside was up to his knees and mattresses were floating through the house. It took council workers two hours to bring pumps to clear the street, he said.

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
Areas of the Kāpiti coast have been impacted by a short burst of high-intensity rain this morning, with surface flooding causing disruption in a number of streets.

Nathan Avenue at Paraparaumu Beach was closed earlier this morning to prevent vehicles from pushing surface flooding down into low-lying properties; one property at the beach end of the street had already been inundated.

Kāpiti Coast District Council staff have been on-site since early this morning, assessing infrastructure and clearing a temporary channel around the stormwater outlet to help water levels drop quickly, and at this stage it doesn’t look like there will need to be any evacuations.

However, with high tide due at around 1.30 this afternoon and more rain in the forecast, sandbags have been delivered to at least one other property in the area as a precautionary measure. Sandbags are available for anyone living in flood-prone areas to collect from the Council depot in Fytfield Place, Paraparaumu.

People are also encouraged to ensure their drains are clear, and to call Council on 0800 486 486 if they have any issues or concerns.

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