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Heavy rain catches Coimbatore by surprise, leaves many areas inundated

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Heaven opens up:Downpour on Tuesday evening resulted in inundation of residential areas and flooding of roads including the arterial Avinashi Road in the city.- Photo: M.Periasamy.
Heaven opens up:Downpour on Tuesday evening resulted in inundation of residential areas and flooding of roads including the arterial Avinashi Road in the city.- Photo: M.Periasamy.

Heavy rain that lashed Coimbatore City and its peripheral areas for over three hours on Tuesday evening brought respite from the heat and discomfort caused by prolonged power cuts. However, the residents faced their share of ordeal as many of the residential areas were inundated.

According to reports reaching the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services control room, Jayaprakash Nagar, Old Sathyamangalam Road, Sathyamangalam Road, Sanganoor Road, Lanka Corner, Avinashi Road (one particular stretch), Women’s Polytechnic Junction, Lakshmi Mills Junction, Ramanathapuram Junction and Nanjundapuram Road witnessed flooding.

The dug up roads for Under Ground Drainage (UGD) works added to the woes of motorists on many stretches. Power cuts and resultant absence of streetlights also aggravated the problem of the public.

Fire and Rescue Services personnel were on their toes, flushing out flood water from many of these pockets. Break down of cars and other motor vehicles owing to flooding added to traffic snarls.

Corporation, Revenue, Police and Fire and Rescue services personnel were put on alert to handle the situation in the event of more rains worsening the situation. With Meteorological sources predicting a cloudy day on Wednesday and Thursday and thunder showers on Friday and Sunday, residents wanted the civic body to take up cleaning of storm water drains and open drains on a war footing.

Tirupur Staff Reporter adds

Residents of Perichipalayam in the city resorted to lightning road blockade agitation as water started flooding many houses in the hamlet following rain on Tuesday evening.

They moved away after Corporation officials and police assured them of steps to drain the water.

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