St. Joseph suffers from flooding after three days of rain

by Emmanuel Joseph

Carl Rayside shows some of the flood destruction.
Carl Rayside shows some of the flood destruction.

At least three properties are so far known to have been damaged by flood waters, as a series of cylones and a tropical wave dumped more than 300 millimeters of rain on the island between Monday and this morning.

At Cattlewash, St. Joseph over $12,000 “went down the drain” when, for the first time in his 40 years living there, “rivers of water” rushed down from the hills and destroyed a portion of the property owned and occupied by former President of the Barbados Agricultural Society, Carl Rayside and his family.

“We accustomed getting ‘attacked’ from the sea. But this is the first we’ve been ‘attacked’ from up in the cliff; and I have been living here for over 40 years,” Rayside told Barbados TODAY this afternoon.

The retired agriculturalist showed a team from this newspaper a wall which the water destroyed.

Some evidence of today’s flooding

“I only put up that in June and spent $12,000 to put it up. The flood waters also destroyed a 10 by 20 tent I had in the yard,” he related.

Rayside also revealed that “tons of water” came through his back door, resulting in between two to three inches of it ended up in the house.

“In here (house) was full of coconuts and it was in a mess. There was little damage to things in the house, just a lot of water and debris,” he added.

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