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Wellington schools evacuated as city floods

Several schools have been evacuated in the capital today, as severe rain has caused flooding in the city.
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Extreme weather is causing chaos in Wellington this week, with floods closing some schools and roads.

Residents in Porirua are being told to stay at home, as the CBD has been overwhelmed with water.

MetService has issued a severe weather warning for the wider Wellington region – streams and rivers are likely to rise rapidly and slips are also possible. Rain is forecast for the lower North Island until Sunday.

State Highway One southbound through the region should be taken with care, and predictions are that there will be 100mm of rainfall in the area today.

What you need to know

Rain has eased but people still asked to stay away from the Porirua CBD and badly hit streets like Dimock St and Warspite Ave

People in need of help can go to Titahi Bay School and Horouta or Maraeroa marae

Porirua Emergency Operations Centre remains active. Worst rain is expected to have passed by early afternoon

Buses in the city have been hit with delays and diversions

School closures

Three schools have so far been closed due to water entering the buildings. They are urging parents to pick up children as soon as possible.

Mana College

Porirua School

Maraeroa School

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