Del­uge sparks flash flood­ing

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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)

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