Storm floods roads, homes
A storm hit the city early yesterday morning, flooding several roads and
homes while lowering temperatures sharply.
Twelve districts, mostly downtown
areas, were hit by the storm.
Xuhui District felt the brunt of the storm
which dropped 87 millimeters of rain in the area. During the heaviest part of
the downpour, 33 millimeters of rain fell in the district within one hour,
according to the Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters.
The storm flooded 10
roads in Xuhui and Zhabei districts, and the water then entered more than 20
"The water entered at dawn and soaked almost all my belongings," said
Wang Xiaohua, who lives in Caojiazha area on Caobao Road in Xuhui, where many
old houses are located.
The water on the street was up to Wang's knees. His
home was flooded with about 30 centimeters of water.
Flooded streets were a
problem for many parents who walked their children to school on the first day of
the new semester.
"We had to walk in the water, soaking our shoes, and I was
worried the muddy road could cause the kids to fall," said Situ Jinying, a local
mother who took her daughter, a primary school student, to school.
the flooded roads weren't cleared until 3pm, according to the Flood Control
The rain also caused the mercury to drop sharply. Yesterday's
daily high was only 24 degrees Celsius, 6 degrees lower than Tuesday.
high should rise to 28 degrees today, but the sky will remain overcast, the