Barely two weeks into the heavy downpour this year, residents of Pipeline and Johnsonville in Paynesville outside Monrovia, are starting to see something shocking. Now that the heavy rains have commenced, cars and residential areas are deeply submerged in flood waters along the route.
“It was swooping in,” said a female resident only identified as Patricia, talking about the rain. “It was like it just ran in.”
A resident, Fedesco Luogon, suffered the worst of the flood as his entire house has been submerged. He is not the only one who is so seriously affected by the heavy rains. Other nearby residents have complained of the flood water that has poured into their homes.
As the result of the severe flooding in the area, several motorbikes plying the route are reportedly overcharging their passengers because the two government-owned (National Transit Authority (NTA) Feeder Road Buses assigned on the route have reportedly slowed commuting due to the bad condition of the road.
One of the drivers told the Daily Observer yesterday on condition of anonymity that the road has become so flooded that if no intervention is forthcoming to remedy the situation before the rainy season reaches its peak, they would stop plying the route.
Yesterday morning, several homes were under water to the extent that, “we were trying to get the family out of the home,” a community head, T. Emmanuel Cole said about his submerged house.
According to Mr. Cole, since the heavy rains started about two weeks ago, residents along the route have experienced flooding because of the deplorable condition of the road.
“When cars are speeding in, the water moves them over, and the drivers would often go into nearby ditches,” another resident explained angrily.
Some of the worst affected communities are the New Israel, Lorma Quarter, Cook Spoon Hill near Whein Town, as well as the community connecting Logan Town with Kpelle Town Junction.
Many of the residents have lived in the Whein Town and neighboring communities near Johnsonville for 20 years. They and their families are now stuck, thinking about what is standing between them and their water-filled homes.
Mr. Luogon now needs a ‘boat’ to go through the community he has called home for so many years.
The two weeks up to yesterday, “in all reality, it’s been a nightmare,” Mr. Luogon said.
It is a nightmare no one seems to be able to wake-up from as residents continued battling the water up to noon, at which time the Daily Observer had to return to base.
“Floods happen, but I have never had flood water come up so far that I have had to leave my house, and I have never had flood water come this early except this year,” one affected female lamented.
She remembers going to bed last night with no water around her house but woke up yesterday seeing water everywhere.
“It’s heartbreaking. Then, when you look around and the news, no one is here. I know everyone has the same problems we are going through,” she told our reporter with tears rolling down her cheeks.