2015 memories resurface in south Chennai

Residents were moving to safer places as water entered their homes

Updated - November 04, 2017 09:15 am IST

Published - November 04, 2017 01:14 am IST - Chennai

Marooned houses in Madipakkam.

Marooned houses in Madipakkam.

Those areas of the southern and western suburbs that were flooded in December 2015 were also waterlogged on Friday, after Thursday’s heavy showers, though the situation was not as bad.

Roads were inundated in Mahalakshmi Nagar Main Road, Ambedkar Road and LIC Nagar in Madipakkam. Most parts of Mudichur Road were cut off for traffic for the third day in row. People were unable to reach their homes as cab operators refused to ply to the area. Some light motor vehicles made it through the nearly two-feet stagnant water in the area.

Krishna Nagar, Sriram Nagar, Vetri Nagar and CTO Colony in west Tambaram were badly affected as rain water entered several homes.

The residential areas of Old Perungalathur adjacent to Tambaram municipal limits too were affected.

Residents were vacating their houses to take shelter in relatives’ houses as the water had entered their homes. There was waist-deep water in the area, many houses were locked and the few who remained said residents vacated from Sriram Ram Nagar on Mudichur High Road in Old Perungalathur.

Aysha and Rihanna, sisters, said, “Water entered our house early Friday morning and the levels have been increasing. The memory of 2015 is still fresh in our minds, so we are moving out before it becomes worse. We will come back once the rain stops.”

S. Sadaiyappan, a resident of Old Perungalathur said, “When we first settled here a few years ago, there was no such flooding. Now there is no free flow of water from Perungalathur lake as the reckless encroachments on Pappan canal which is a tributary of Adyar River.”

I. Joseph, another resident Sriram Nagar, said the storm water drainage system here in the area was not proper and to make things worse, authorities had dug up roads ahead of the rains, but left their work unfinished. Our normal life has completely been affected.”

PTC Nagar and Royappa Nagar of Varadharajapuram too were inundated. Kancheepuram district authorities were taking efforts to clear the obstructions on the waterway. Agaram Road was once again cut off due to flooding throwing traffic out of gear and thousands of residents were stranded in their homes.

Due to incomplete storm water drain works, water flooded several homes on 100 feet road in Nanganallur.

Traffic on GST Road hit

Meanwhile, vehicular traffic on the arterial GST Road at Singaperumalkoil was affected on Friday morning as rainwater collected in a lake near this hamlet flowed through the carriageway to reach Chettipunniyam Lake on the other side of the road. The flow of rainwater across the carriageway in the absence of heavy rain took the motorists by surprise. The police rushed in and regulated the traffic so that the vehicles did not pile up on both sides of the carriageway.

(With inputs from V. Venkatasubramanian in Kancheepuram )

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