School back on deck after floods

John Therry Catholic High School in Macarthur, NSW, is open again after a severe storm, which dumped 90mm in less than an hour, left the Wollongong diocese school with only 13 usable classrooms.

Flash flooding forced the rationing of classrooms and, ultimately, the closure of the school last week, the Macarthur Chronicle reports.

Australian Disaster Recovery, a company specialising in recovering and restoring damaged documents and property, was called in to salvage administration documents in one of the buildings.

School principal Peter Orman opened the school to Years 11 and 12 on Thursday but closed the school to all students on Friday.

"They (Australian Disaster Recovery) bought in industrial driers to try and dry the school out quickly and prevent further damage from occurring," Mr Orman said.

Last week's incident is the second time in less than a year the school has flooded.

In June last year the newly completed staff area, surrounding offices and classrooms were flooded after a fitting under the sink in the staff common room came loose, causing an estimated $200,000 damage.

The school's administration co-ordinator John McWilliam said he was grateful no students were at risk during the storm.

School classes return to normal after flash flood (Macarthur Chronicle, 6/3/07)

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7 Mar 2007