Heavy downpour for the past two days left many parts of the city, including parts of Pulianthope, Kolathur, Koyambedu, Adyar, T. Nagar, Vyasarpadi and Arumbakkam, water-logged.
Rush hour traffic was severely hit on many roads such as Dr. Nair Road, North Usman Road and Vijayaraghava Road in T.Nagar as they were under sheets of water.
Motorists had to manoeuvre battered stretches of roads such as Adhithanar Salai in Pudupet, L.B. Road and Sardar Patel Road in Adyar, and Rajamannar Salai in K.K.Nagar, R.K.Mutt Road in Mylapore.
Many roads such as Pulla Avenue in Shenoy Nagar, Purasawalkam High Road and Kilpauk Cemetry Road bore the brunt of rain.
The Chennai Corporation's toll free helpline 1913 received 18 calls pertaining to water-logging in areas such as Otteri, Velachery Vijayanagar, Chinmaya Nagar, Kilpauk, T.Nagar, Choolaimedu, Vysarpadi, Pudupet and RTO office Tiruvanmiyur.
One of the calls made to the civic body was by resident of Venkatrathnam Nagar of Adyar A. Masilamani. “We want our locality to be drained properly,” said Mr.Masilamani.
Sathi Thomas, a resident of Rajarathinam Street, Kilpauk, also made a call to 1913. But the officials were not able to intervene till evening as they claimed that knee-deep water stagnation occurred because of a sewer network problem on Poonamallee High Road, said Ms. Thomas.
P. Vasu, a resident of Thiruvanmiyur, Rajaji Nagar, said power supply was affected in the area for the past two days. Knee-deep water stagnation for two days compounded the problem, he said. “Water drained easily in main roads of our locality when compared to the previous years. But, the small lanes in the interior areas are water-logged,” said T. Ravi, a resident of Triplicane.
Mayor M. Subramanian said medical camps to control rain-related diseases were organised in 35 localities across the city. Motor pumps were being used to ease traffic congestion.
The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority took efforts to bale out water in areas such as Koyambedu Market Complex.