THE heavens opened in spectacular style as the island experienced torrential rain earlier this week.
Many roads were flooded, some were closed, and the rising River Glass caused scaffolding assembled to work on Tromode bridge to be washed downstream. It is believed a large tree trunk was washed down the river and buckled the legs of the scaffolding.
A spokesperson for Horizon Scaffolding stressed that there was no danger to the public or their workers.
She said: ‘The guys have been there to dismantle the scaffolding and to get it out of the river. There is no danger, there was nobody working on it at the time because of the bad weather. We’ve just got a few bits of bent scaffolding.’
Met Office statistics show that from Monday to Wednesday morning the total rainfall at Ronaldsway was 57 millimetres, which is just over two inches.
Out of that 57mm, 34mm fell during Monday.
Figures recorded from the island’s hills show that the total rainfall was 160 millimetres, which is six inches of rain.
Dave Brown, from the Met Office in Ronaldsway, said: ‘It started raining on Monday and, apart from a brief dry spell for an hour, it was pretty much raining non-stop until Wednesday morning.
‘You can expect some rain tonight (Thursday) but nothing like we have had.
‘The rainfall is equal to the fifth wettest September day, although there were a couple of wet September days in recent years in 2006 and 2008.’