Tuesday, July 22, 2014
It’s operation clean-up at a flooded Norwich school as teachers and volunteers fight to give the youngsters the end of term they deserve.
At the height of Sunday’s storm, rain was pouring down the walls at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School on Telegraph Lane East.
The school was closed yesterday as staff and governors worked around-the-clock to clear the hall, nursery kitchen, corridors, and two libraries which reportedly filled with 94 litres of water in just half an hour.
This week, the last of the term, was supposed to be a celebratory one for the six and seven-year-olds who are leaving the school on Wednesday.
But the special leavers’ assembly has already been postponed until tomorrow in the hope that enough sweeping, mopping and drying of the site will give the youngsters the happy end of term they have been working towards.
Headteacher Selene Sawyer praised the work of the army of volunteers who have been tirelessly trying to get the school ready for use again.
She said the school planned to re-open today and that she wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who helped yesterday. She said the plan for the assembly is now Wednesday at 1.50pm, although she is not yet sure where it will be held.
But she said: “We are looking at a massive clean-up. It’s really important to open for leavers’ assembly.
“This was going to be a really great week for all those leaving. It would be really sad if we were not able to do that.
“The assembly sums up the four years the children have been with us. They have very happy memories and the assembly is about celebrating that.”
Mrs Sawyer said there were a “devastating” number of books damaged in the library – thought to be in the hundreds.
Overall the school suffered £200,000 worth of damage.
“The rain came down so hard and so quickly. The building didn’t stand a chance,” she added.
Tim Wood, 49, joint chairman of governors at the school and landlord of the Jubilee pub was one of the first at school when the rain fell.
“Everyone worked so hard. It was hurtful to see the damage, but it could have been a lot worse.”