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School gets back to normal after flood clear-up operation

Flooding at Linchfield Community Primary School, Deeping St James. EMN-140529-180738001

Flooding at Linchfield Community Primary School, Deeping St James. EMN-140529-180738001

A school in Deeping St James is open as usual after torrential rain threatened to give children and staff with an extended half-term break.

Severe flooding at Linchfield Community Primary School meant an early start to the holidays when lessons were cancelled on Friday May 23.

Two classrooms, a staff room and several corridors were left under water after flash floods hit the Deepings and Bourne just over a week ago.

Assistant headteacher Lizzie Kennedy said: “We had torrential rain prior to half-term and unfortunately we were very flooded.

“Water came through the ceiling and cascaded down the walls, the staff room was completely flooded out and we had to be very careful for the safety of the children.

“Staff were wading through the corridors trying to clear the water out and the parents were extremely understanding in what was a worrying time for them.”

Extensive work took place during half-term at the school, built in the 1970s, to repair and replace carpets and other fittings damaged by the rainwater.

Mrs Kennedy said: “Our main priority is the safety and happiness of our children and we’re using what happened as a stimulus for their writing as it’s very fresh in their minds.”

 

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