Some schools to stay shut today as floodwaters hang around
UPDATE 9am: Richmond River High School will not be open today.
EARLIER 6am: NORTHERN Rivers students looking forward to the first day of the school year today could be in for a disappointment, with several schools remaining closed due to flooding.
The confirmed closure of St John's College Woodlawn in the flood-affected North Lismore area will mean at least 700 students stay home for an extra day of holidays before kicking off on Thursday.
Richmond River High School has also been affected by floodwaters and several more rurally situated K-6 public schools may close today, including Leeville Public School southwest of Casino with 60 students.
Leeville principal Annette Clarke found the school grounds in a mess yesterday after the creek next to the school broke its banks overnight and ran through the school grounds at an estimated depth of about 20cm.
Though no water entered the school buildings, the school grounds are covered with silt and other potentially hazardous debris.
"We made the decision early to shut. There's still water flowing through the school yard and the creek is still fast-flowing just straight behind the building," Ms Clarke said yesterday. Instead of picking up the chalk today, Leeville staff will be brandishing mops and high-pressure cleaners before hopefully opening tomorrow.
Areas around Mullumbimby including The Pocket and Main Arm could also remain closed today if creek crossings remain flooded.
The Education Department has advised parents, students and staff not to take unnecessary risks travelling to and from school.
Confirmed school closures:
- Richmond River High
- Leeville Public
Flood-affected schools - opening to be advised:
- Clunes Public School
- Durrumbul Public
- Leeville Public
- Main Arm Upper Public
- The Pocket Public
- Wilson Park School