It has been raining since 6.00 PM Oct 26th in Chennai. We closed office early and sent everybody home. I thought the rains would subside in the morning. But now it is 10.00 AM Oct 27th and rains have not stopped. I took a risk and came to Office, there is no body else here. TTK road is flooded, water up to hip level. Same with many of the suburbs. I took Mount Road, fairly clear except for the service lanes. Service lanes are ankle deep in water. Many trees have fallen down, one opposite to Peters Road junction, one on either side of Munro Statue. Till Madras Medical College the road was clear. In front of the Park Station the road was flooded. Hence went up to Central, took the Evening Bazaar Road and joined NSC Bose Road. The Flower Bazaar Area again was flooded, travelling in my Activa felt like travelling in a water scooter. With only buses plying on the road, each bus was creating waves that make navigating a two wheeler a hazardous affair :-). Some how crossed that and am in Office now, all alone except for the watchman.
The rains show no sign of stopping. All Schools and colleges and offices have declared a holiday. So why did I come to office? Partly because my dad at the age of 57 promptly went to his factory. And whoever says we stop comparing ourselves with our dads is kidding :-).
Update :11.30 AM: Still no sign of rains abating. A couple of staff have turned up with stories of all electric trains cancelled, more streets flooded.
Update :12.30 PM: It is still raining. All buses are off the road, no power supply in parts of Alwarpet, Teynampet, Kilpauk, Beasant Nagar. Corporation authorities are advicing people to stay off the roads.
Update :03.00 PM: The rain has reduced in intensity, but still continuing. Heard that Red Hills Lake is overflowing and the adjoining areas like Bharathi Nagar, Vyasarpadi are getting flooded. No way to confirm this.