LAHORE - Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) on Tuesday ate humble pie despite its lofty claims, as a number of localities including roads became deep-flooded after the 2 hours torrential rain lashed out the City. It took many hours to flush out the accumulated water in different localities causing lot of hardships for motorists as wells as pedestrians. However, the heavy downpour provided the respite to citizens from the hot and humid spell but flood-like situation soon turned the boon into bane. The low-lying areas were submerged by floodwater soon after the heavy monsoon rain at noon. City life was screeched to a complete halt for many hours due to the havoc wreaked by the rain on the Citys infrastructure. Uprooted billboards and broken electric and telephone wires were strewn on flooded arteries of the City. Many areas of the City continued to suffer power breakdowns and electricity was not restored fully to some areas of the city. The breakdown occurred soon after the rains began. The accumulated rainwater remained on roads and children were seen playing and swimming in the flooded streets, while hundreds of vehicles were stuck on the flooded roads. Engines of many of cars and motorcycle broke down. A number of incidents of skidding of motorcycles were reported in the different parts of the City. Rainwater also caused traffic jams in many areas, as authority concerned could not clear the roads till evening The most hit areas included Davis road, Garhi Shahu, Zahoor Elahi Road, Model Town Link Road, Shalimar Link Road, Yateem Khana Chowk, Aik Moriya Bridge, Lakshami Chowk, Garhi Shahu, Anarkali, Shimla Hill, Qila Gujjar Singh, Nisbat Road, Urdu Bazaar, Railway Road, Shahdara, Morr Samanabad, Ghazi Road, Dharampura and others. It may be recalled that WASA established more than 33 emergency response centres across the City to cope with rainwater and sewerage issues during the monsoon. It also launched an action plan at the cost of Rs 1 billion under which 27 submerging points were removed by rehabilitating roads, laying down sewerage and drainage lines, desilting with modern machinery, enhancing disposal capacity to flush out rainwater in minimum time besides establishing central room to monitor the performance of field staff and officials. However, despite all the arrangements, WASA could not live up to the expectations. According to a Press release issued by WASA, with the start of rain, CM personal staff officer Khawaja Imran Raza continued reviewing the situation. LDA DG Umer Rasool and WASA MD Javed Iqbal reached the control room and began monitoring the disposal of rain water. Wasa authorities stated that two feet water accumulated at Lakshami Chowk was removed within 2 hours due to the up to mark performance.