On Friday, September 19, 2008, as a result
of the passage of a tropical wave, St Vincent and the Grenadines was drenched
by heavy rains which resulted in one (1) death, island wide flooding and
landslides which left many roads blocked.
The heavy rains began at about 2.00am
and continued for approximately the next twenty four hours. By 6.00am residents
were reporting houses being flooded out, rivers overflowing bridges and
landslides in several areas of the country. All schools were closed by
midday on Friday.
In the area of Ratho Mill, a huge retaining