Christmas Eve flooding
Heavy showers and flooding in some areas threatened to put a damper on Barbadians’ build-up to Christmas.
Today, Christmas Eve, residents in Gibbes, St Peter; and Lower Carlton, Trents, Holetown and Lower Holders Hill, St James, reported flooding and gushing waters in their areas.
“Out here flooded; water is gushing down like the sea,” said one woman from Lower Holders Hill, adding she could not “get out” at the time.Sections of Holetown were submerged “within half-hour”, according to one eyewitness, who added, however, it did not stop the shopping or Christmas spirit as many people shared umbrellas and other weather protection gear while traversing from store to store.
Meteorologist at the Grantley Adams International Airport, Cammie Burke, said there was no “system” affecting the island but the heavy showers were caused by a combination of “light winds, daytime heating and the moisture available”.
Burke added that the activity, which was concentrated over central, western and northern areas, should have abated by nightfall.