Torrential rain yesterday caused a very unusual traffic jam as vehicles got stuck in the middle of roads, impatient drivers trying to manouvre round the stuck vehicles, market stalls got destroyed by the fast flowing water, forcing pedestrians to miss their normal routes along Fourah Bay road, Patton street and Guard street.
The intercessions leading to the main Fourah Bay road were overflowed with water which filled the pavements and the main roads.
The water that is emptying down the Fourah bay axis was coming from the mountain and its overflowing caused the drainages to be clogged up.
Starting from Goderich street, business was disturbed so also was Bombay road and Guard street where market stalls were destroyed and in some areas the overflowing water entered in to some shops and houses.
Pedestrians like the vehicles missed their paths having got misled by the overflowing water which covers the entire surface not revealing what is underneath. The Guard street market area was virtually the worst area hit by the overflowing water as market stalls were washed away whilst houses that faced the overflowing of the water from the hills were busy battling with the water in their houses.
Such torrential rain yesterday was not expected in the month of September and unlike other torrential rains that are accompanied with wind destroying houses, yesterday’s rain was probably the heaviest down pour since the start of the rains.
The always worst hit area, Kroobay was no exception yesterday few hours after the heavy down pour the water in this slum community was at shin level.
Men, women and children ran helter-skelter to save their personal effects from the flood. Residents took pains to dry their homes which were engulfed by water.
The popular Kroobay football field was covered with water; the goal post stood lonely looking as household utensils float freely traversing the field of water as if it were players getting ready for another soccer match.
One affected driver who was stuck in the rain told Awoko that he feared that the engine of his vehicle might be affected whilst his passengers disembarked from his vehicle.
A petty trader Alpha Kargbo at Fourah bay Road who was struggling to lay hands on his bits and pieces scattered all over the place said “The rain destroyed my business completely, table and goods all washed away by the torrential rain the drainages are also over flooded.”
He lamented that this is the first time this year that the heavy down pour of rain had been so severe leaving normal businesses halted, properties damaged, people wounded and houses completely flooded.
He added that, the poor drainage facilities within the Fourah bay community compounded the situation and made it very difficult for the rain to flow directly in to the big drainage that empties it to the sea.
Family head Mohamed Kamara of Guard Street with eight dependants whose shack with corrugated iron and boards was completely flooded with water and their belongings lay afloat on the filthy and brownish water, which had filled the house within the space of 5 minutes, was struggling to collect their belongings and hang them over the house ceilings for safety.
The family head and his children burst in to tears as they stood by their flooded house, and properties scattered randomly by the rain, with a shivering voice the Family head said “I am devastated and have nowhere to go with my family” he lamented.
Shop owners along the narrow Fourah bay road were seen hauling water from their stores with small containers and cups to reduce the rain water that had entered their stores from the underground and the sidewalks. By Awoko Reporters