Woes of Floodplain Residents Worsen

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For the past years, authorities of the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have warned of the dangers of constructing in prohibited zoning areas.

As the downpour of rain intensifies across the country, the woes of swamp residents have continued to worsen with many being rendered homeless.

What was visible after the flooding was the huge amount of garbage that was deposited in some of the affected communities.  The piles of garbage are accompanied by swarms of insects and air and water borne diseases.

For the past years, authorities of the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have warned of the dangers of constructing in prohibited zoning areas.

In Paynesville and Monrovia early yesterday, many houses and makeshift shelters built in the waterways in flood prone areas and alleys were submerged in flood water leaving those residents homeless.

On AB Tolbert Road in Paynesville, dozens of residents were seen scrambling for personal effects that were floating away in the flood water.

“We thought that these drains constructed a few years ago would have saved us from natural disaster,” Darlingston Weeks of AB Tolbert Road said.

A private school on the ELWA/Monrovia highway suspended classes when the school’s compound was submerged in water leaving the principal, teachers and support staff sad and frustrated.

Reports gathered by the Daily Observer yesterday said that areas hardest hit in Paynesville and Monrovia included West Point, Slipway, Paynesville Joe Bar and Red-Light Market.

Other areas affected as a result of yesterday morning’s flooding from the heavy rainfall were, old Omega Navigation, Pipeline Road, inside Vai and Clara Town, Samuel K. Doe Community, Coca Cola Factory, Soniewien and Buzzy Quarter.

At the Coca Cola Factory, parts of the Soul Clinic Community, residents, private sector workers and regular market women were stranded across the huge swamp water for several hours yesterday morning as a result of the heavy downpour.

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