SOUTH AUSTRALIA (ABC News) – A South Australia college is one of the first to be displaced by a major flooding-affected flood-hit region.
Chabot College, near Darwin, was among the first schools to be affected by the massive river flood.
It has since been evacuated and the school will close for at least two weeks.
It is the first time in Australia that a school has been shut down due to flooding.
School principal Sarah Kew said while Chabot was not in danger, it had suffered heavy flooding.
“The school itself is not the biggest flood hazard in the area, it’s quite a big area and it’s not a huge flood hazard, but it is a very, very flood hazard,” she said.
“So that’s a significant impact on our school and on the students and the staff.”
Ms Kew urged parents to have a safe holiday, but warned it could be a while before the school reopened.
“If you do have a school holiday that is affected by flooding, you need to take care, you can’t rush it,” she told 7.30.
“We are not at a point yet where it will be possible to reopen the school or reopen the college but we will try to reopen as soon as we can.”
The closure will affect about 5,000 students.
Ms Kow said the school was “very fortunate” that the school had “been able to withstand the flood”, but said it would be a long time before everyone was back in their classrooms.
“Chabots school has experienced a lot of damage and a lot damage to the school, but we are confident that we can do this school justice and continue to support our students,” she added.
“There are a lot more kids coming into the school and learning, so it will take some time to get back to normal.”
Chabotes students are staying put until the school is reopened, but some will be staying at the school for as long as a week.
“It’s not easy for students to leave, it is very hard to leave when you’re a student,” Ms Kew told 7,000 ABC Brisbane listeners.
“Some students will be leaving early to go back to school and the rest will be taking their places.”
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