SCHOOLS in parts of the Western Division were closed and businesses began making preparations to move stock to high ground yesterday as rainfall continued for the second consecutive week.
Schools in Rakiraki were closed yesterday as torrential rain caused waterway levels rise to dangerous heights.
Rakiraki Town Council special administrator Seini Raiko-Vunivutu said all schools were closed as a precautionary measure but businesses and transport operations remained open.
"The safety of our children is paramount, thus the decision to close schools," she said.
"Shops remain open but the business community is keeping a watchful eye on the Nakauvadra River level.
"Water is just touching the bottom of the bridge and if the rain continues or gets heavier then we can expect flooding.
"People have been through this many times before and they are making the necessary preparations should the need to evacuate the town area arise."
Meanwhile, the Ba River reached critical point yesterday morning and businesses in the central business district were keeping a close watch on the rising river level.
Special administrator Arun Prasad said flooding would be an issue if rainfall increased in intensity.
"The Ba River is at critical level and rain has stopped falling for now," he said.