Flooded-out JLT residents returning home
Flooded-out residents at Lake Shore Tower in Dubai's JLT are beginning to return to their apartments this afternoon after one of the building's elevators was put back into service.
Thousands of householders were forced to evacuate their homes at 2.30am on Saturday when a water main burst on the 32nd floor, leaving a torrent pouring down through the 44-floor tower.
Resident Kamran Mcgee, who lives on the 41st floor described how he had to stay at ground level for hours, separated from his family, as water poured down the stairway like something from “The Titanic’.
Mcgee and hundreds of neighbours feared an electrical short circuit would hit them as they tried to make their way upstairs.
The water supply to the building was cut off and all the elevators were switched off during the emergency evacuation.
Thousands of people, women, children and old folk, some of them with pets, were forced to rush downstairs in the torrent of water as the fire alarm sounded and the emergency services rushed to the scene.
Mcgee said earlier today: “There is one elevator working. We are going to return home now.” At the height of the incident the building was surrounded by five police vehicles, fire appliances and ambulances.
Several families were ‘trapped’ in their homes in the higher levels of the building.