5 Dec 2006

American Samoa experiencing widespread flooding after heavy rain

2:27 pm on 5 December 2006

There has been extensive flooding in American Samoa today with around 100 millimetres of rain falling in a two hour period this morning.

The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood warning, cautioning about flooded roads, overflowing streams and the potential for landslides.

Meteorologist, Mase Akapo Akapo says a trough extends from Tuvalu to Samoa and to the Cook islands to the south.

It is almost stationery and the territory has been told to brace for continuous wet weather for the next few days.

Homes were flooded in Petesa, Alofau and Pagai in this morning's downpour.

A church in Fagaitua was also under water after a nearby stream overflowed.