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A massive clean-up operation is underway across Nelson after the city was hit by heavy rain and flash flooding this morning. Nearly 100-millimetres fell in the 24 hours leading up to10:00am, with the suburb of Stoke the worst affected. Three schools were closed and the New World supermarket was also forced to delay opening its doors by a number of hours. Nayland College was one of the worst places hit and had to send students home,,,, Principal Charles Newton says it took them all by surprise. Further north parts of Taranaki were also badly affected, where several homes had to be evacuated after the Oakura River burst its banks.