City Roads Flood As Evening Downpour Pounds The Capital

The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water.

Yesterday's afternoon was one that many motorists will live to remember. City residents were caught unawares as the heavens opened and a sudden downpour followed. The rains were so intense that even storm drains along the highways could not evacuate the gushing waters resulting in a flood at depressions. Thika Road was worse hit especially at Pangani, Muthaiga and Ojijo Underpasses. Westlands and Kileleshwa saw massive traffic snarl-up as motorists carefully waded through puddles causing traffic to move at snails speed.

Traffic police had a rough time trying to direct traffic amid the pounding rain. Many Kenyans stranded on bus-stops and on the highways took to social media to vent anger at the contractors of Thika Road citing defects. With drainage being a huge problem, Thika Road was trending for all the wrong reasons. City residents blamed the Chinese contractors as the root of the problems but really they were not. The highway has an elaborate drainage system but it failed due to polythene papers blocking it and soil deposits son the highway. Fruit peels and such garbage thrown out of cars all end up clogging the drainage system and given the volume of yesterdays downpour, the system stood no chance. Here are some pictures that were submitted by Kenyans on the highways.

Flooding at Pangani. This was the worst hit area by the floods

Flooding at Pangani. This was the worst hit area by the floods

This group were straned in moving waters after their vehicle failed due to being submerged in water.

This group were straned in moving waters after their vehicle failed due to being submerged in water.

A water body collects at Muthaiga near the Mathari Hospital

A water body collects at Muthaiga near the Mathari Hospital

The road depression at Utalii favoured the collection of water spanning across the carriageway.

The road depression at Utalii favoured the collection of water spanning across the carriageway.

Traffic stops at Westlands Roundabout as the area is impassable due to the raging waters

Traffic stops at Westlands Roundabout as the area is impassable due to the raging waters

What should be done to avoid a repeat of the above? Is the problem with the authorities, the road users or the road itself? Is someone not doing their job?   We would like to hear your opinion in the comments section below.

Images Courtesy: @Githengi, @MMweteeli, @Spazbender, @Nostaldjic, @MbagaraKarita, @einstein_w