I would never be able to say. We went to Besant Nagar last night, had dinner with friends and just as we were about to return it started drizzling there. We dropped our friends and by the time we were half way home it was pouring. The roads closer to our area were practically inundated. It was surprising because the past few days have not been exhibiting any kinda behaviour to elicit such rains. A few vehicles were stranded en route. Once near our street, we took a turn. Our street is slightly low lying and the amount of water we have to wade through on such days is at least 9-10 inches. Just as we were half way down the street, the lamp-post directly in front of us had a short circuit and burst into flames. I thought we were going to be electrocuted Anniyan style. We were unable to turn into the other street which lead to our home so all that we could do was back out. We had no idea if we will be roasted alive by the time we even went out. But we did. By that time, there was a fire raging enough to illuminate the couple of streets around. We called the police and they said they said they would send someone.. We stood there at the beginning of the streets asking motorists not to use the road for almost an hour. I wonder whether two-wheeler riders are so blind that they cannot see whats blazing in front of them. It was past midnight by then and we had called the authorities a couple more times in the meanwhile. There was a roundabout route that we could take and we reached home. The fire looked worse now and we called the authorities again. By the time we entered the house, the power was off. Finally.
We heard voices and that was when I wondered whether our Electricity Board officials/workers, whoever they send for such issues, have enough safety equipment. They would had to wade through knee-deep water by then. I should probably go ask the EB officials when we go to pay the bill next time.
The power came back after a couple of hours. And this morning, as I looked out of the window, there are almost no traces of the rain last night. The roads are near dry.