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Heavy rain floods PoS...again

By Rachael Espinet Saturday, August 16 2014

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Taking a chance: An elderly woman wades through floodwaters while other pedestrians waited for the waters to subside at City Gate, Port-of-Spain yeste...
Taking a chance: An elderly woman wades through floodwaters while other pedestrians waited for the waters to subside at City Gate, Port-of-Spain yeste...

Midday thundershowers yesterday caused most of Port-of-Spainís streets to be under water. For about an hour, commuters were stranded sheltering from the rain and flood waters.

The heavy rainfall began minutes before noon, and lasted for about an hour. The drains became swollen with water. Most people chose to stay dry and sheltered from the rain.

Though the rain subsided, the floods did not, and most of the streets were submerged more than an hour after the rain stopped.

Some people chose to stay put and wait for the water to go down. On the Brian Lara Promenade, people went to higher ground to avoid the flood waters. On the Promenade opposite the Twin Towers, they also stood on high ground to keep their feet dry.

The City Gate Transit Hub at South Quay was surrounded by deep flood waters. Commuters were stranded inside the hub, as they could neither enter nor leave the area.

However, some commuters chose to wade through the flood water to get to their destination. Some wrapped their feet in plastic bags, while others took off their shoes to wade through the water.

Marjorie Pierce and her granddaughter Miashe were stranded in City Gate. Pierce said she had come into Port-of-Spain to drop Miashe to gymnastic class on Duke Street, but they could not move so far.

ďI was in City Gate stranded. The water came up, and we could not move. It was so high people were just stuck. I wanted to take my granddaughter to gymnastics, but it is too late now, the flood made her miss half the class,Ē Pierce said.

Businesses around the hub were forced to close for the day as water entered the buildings. Among the businesses that were closed included Maharaj and Sonís Jewelry, Cellular Planet and the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission office on Broadway.

At Maharaj and Sonís Jewelry staff members were trying to sweep the water out of the building. The manager, who did not disclose his name, told Newsday that while the flooding frequently happens, it is very rare that the waters enter the establishment.

However Vanessa Moses, manager of Cellular Planet, told Newsday the water entering the building occurred more frequently throughout the year. She said the flooding occurred more than five times a year, and it usually disrupted their sales.

According to the Meteorological Services, the thundershowers were from a local effect that commonly occurs during the rainy season.

However, a tropical wave passed over the country last night and parts of North Trinidad would have experienced rainfall. Today, the country is expected to be sunny with showers scattered throughout the day.

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