Flood Swallows Police Depot in Johnsonville

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The two days of torrential rainfall over the weekend of July 12 swallowed up the Liberia National Police (LNP) Zone 9, Depot 3 in Pipeline, Johnsonville Community, outside Monrovia.

The heavy down pour that Saturday caused streams and rivers to overflow their banks, thereby leading Kpewen River to violently enter the police depot, leaving police officers loitering about.

Officers who reported early on Saturday were surprised by the flood when they noticed that their respective offices have been filled with the flood water.

 Our reporter who arrived aboard a makeshift canoe propelled by hawkers also observed some displaced police officers in a queue of commuters pondering over the fate of their wet documents.

 Travelers, among them marketers and motorcyclists were all forced by the water tide to return home in the rain. Vehicle movements were halted along that route due to the flood as pedestrians were heard complaining about the water that took over some of the nearby houses.

Communities including Wenn Town, New Israel Community, Logan Town, Lorma Quarter suffered the worst flood as their various homes were filled with water to the disadvantage of the owners.

 Up to press time the following Sunday night, internally displaced residents had attempted clearing up debris left by the flood.

 Madam Sarah Flomo, a mother of 7, explaining in tears expressed regret buying land in the New Israel Community along the Kpenwen River where everyone there became homeless as a result of the heavy downpour.

 Other residents, among them Matthew Kokolo, Dester Tokpah, appealed to authorities at the Ministry of Public Works, and humanitarian organizations to send their field agents to the affected communities to address their situation.

“How can we prevent the Ebola virus now spreading across the country amidst such worsening situation where our homes are being flooded with all sorts of debris passing through our rooms,” one of the flood victims, Musu Frank lamented nearby.

The downpour of rain on Saturday did not only affect people in Pipeline, but other parts of Monrovia as well.

Usually as heavy rain falls, Vai Town and many slum communities near the Atlantic Ocean and Mesurado Rivers are seriously affected.

The Saturday rainfall also left many people in Mount Barclay, Morris’s Farm and Fendell areas homeless.

Most of the affected people built their homes in lowland areas filled with dirt which become soaked and water sets all over during continuous rainfall.  

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