The recent Kroobay flood which left many residents homeless and also destroyed property worth millions of Leones could not be unconnected to the construction of an access road and a bridge linking kroo Town Road via greater Freetown.
According to a resident of the Kroobay Community, Tamba James, prior to the construction of the bridge the community had suffered from poor sanitary conditions and other short comings but not flooding.
He said that the flooding of the Kroobay Community “started between 1998 to 2000 when government decided to construct an access road through the community, with the construction of a bridge on top of a small stream leading to an estuary through which it emptied into the sea”.
In an effort to trace the root causes of the flooding, Awoko was recently taken on a conducted tour by some residents of the community. As part of the findings, it was discovered that the passage under the bridge was narrow with big concrete pillars which it difficult for garbage to pass through and therefore hinders the free flow of water thereby causing overflow.
During heavy rains, the blockage under the bridge would cause the gutter to over flow into houses in the community leading to loss of lives and property. The bridge was constructed by Mect-Chem Construction Company to ease vehicular and human traffic along Siaka Steven Street. Residents of the Kroobay Community have therefore requested government to conduct feasibility studies to identify the factors responsible for the flooding, in order to address the problem, instead of relocating them.
They also complained of the poor ‘make shift river bank’ constructed by some NGOs, adding that the banking of the river with sand bags would only aggravate the situation. The residents then called on government to mobilize resources for the construction of a rich concrete bank between the Community and the sea; and a bank to demarcate the stream from the land.