Deluge sparks flash flooding
A SUDDEN DOWNPOUR caught pedestrians and motorists by surprise yesterday afternoon.
And as traffic slowed to a crawl on some of Barbados’ major roads, the lightning flashed and thunder rolled.
The Barbados Meteorological Services attributed the deluge to a “combination of light winds, strong daytime heating and adequate low-level moisture” which generated moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms over some central, northern and northwestern districts.
A flood warning was in effect for those sections of the island from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., with two to three inches of rainfall predicted.
Police issued a notice urging the public to stay away from the St James roads at Paynes Bay and Holders Hill, where water was high and some vehicles had stalled.
A video making the rounds on social media showed several people trapped in a truck in water inches from the window as water flowed down an embankment.
There was lots of water on the road in Grazettes, Black Rock, Bush Hall, Spring Garden Highway and Princess Alice Highway, and traffic snarled around schools as parents rushed to collect their charges.
Residents in Spencer Gap, New Orleans complained of settling water and large potholes in the district.
Evidence of the poor drainage and Barbadians’ horrible dumping habits were all over the road. Garbage flowed in the water, combining with rocks and other debris to block the drains. Later, they were seen deposited along the side of the road as the water receded.
Shoppers in The City were also surprised by the volume of water in the area surrounding Jubilee Gardens and City Centre Mall.
By late afternoon, most of the water had drained away and the sun reappeared. ( SAT)