3 Feb 2006

Schools in American Samoa reopen after rain and flooding

4:47 pm on 3 February 2006

Schools have reopened today in American Samoa after the heavy rain and flooding experienced throughout the week.

Last night more landslides occurred at Amouli and Sailele, as Public Works crews worked up to midnight clearing roading blocked with trees and debris.

The Director of Public Works Taeaotui Punaofo Tilei says they are waiting for the weather to clear before making an attempt to stabilise the mountain side where a landslide occurred at Avau the night before last.

A wind advisory is still in effect for Tutuila and Manu'a, meaning winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected, and sea swells of up to 15 feet have caused a high surf warning to be in force.

Meanwhile, there have been no flights to Manu'a all week.

Inter Island Air and SPEX have not had any flights to Samoa in two days but Polynesian Airlines has still been flying.