Commuter, vehicular traffic halted
Torrential rains which caused the Johnsonville/Pipeline road in Paynesville, outside Monrovia so deplorable yesterday has overwhelmed the residents, thus making travel to the community one of nightmare.
The situation came about barely a week into the heavy rains this year, when the residents of Pipeline and Johnsonville yesterday began to experience heavy flooding in their area as flood waters entered every building in the New Israel Community and other communities beyond the Kpelle Town Junction onward to Uptown. Now that the heavy rains have commenced, cars, motorcycles and pedestrians will have to face the prospects of traveling along routes submerged in floodwaters.
“It was swooping in,” said a female resident only identified as Linda, talking about the rain and bad roads and the flash-floods that ensued. “It was like it just ran in,” she said shortly after the rain briefly subsided yesterday.
A resident, Fedesco Luogon, whose house is in Logan Town, suffered the worst of the flood as his entire house has been submerged.
Luogon is not the only one who is so severely affected by the heavy rains. Other nearby residents also complained of the floodwaters that poured into their homes, something which they claim is virtually an annual occurence.
As the result of the severe flooding in the area, several motorbikes plying the route were yesterday overcharging their passengers (L$100 to L$150, because commercial buses plying the route as of yesterday stopped commuting due to the bad condition of the road.
One of the drivers, Junior Harris, told the Daily Observer 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.
Residents trek due to lack of vehicle to transport them. By then the floodwater had covered the entire road.
As of 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.
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 (New Life Community) 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.
As the situation stands, Mr. Luogon and several other residents need a ‘boat’ to go to their respective homes. The two weeks up to yesterday, “in all reality, it’s been a nightmare, which no one seems to be able to wake-up from as residents continued battling the rising water up to noon,” Mr. Luogon said.
“Floods happen, but I have never had floodwater come up so far that I have had to leave my house, and I have never had floodwater come this early except this year,” one affected female lamented. She remembers going to bed on Saturday 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.