Following the commencement of the raining season this month, there are all indications that Freetown municipality will be hit by heavy floods, unless mitigation mechanisms are put in place by relevant authorities.
Along Brima Lane and Portee Junction on Bai Bureh Road in Freetown there was flooded with water and huge piles of garbage on April 1, 2019 due to heavy downpour thereby preventing the free flow of vehicles and in the process caused heavy traffic which made motorist to abandon their lane and transferred to the other lane causing traffic.
The Public Relations Officer of Freetown City Council (FCC), Kona Hassan-Kamara told Premier News that following Yvonne Aki-Swayer assumption of office as Mayor, they introduced a flood mitigation project with the support of other development partners like World Bank and UNICEF. She said the support from partners is based on their budget line with activity related to the environment, adding that they also hired heavy duty machines for the project.
“We have realised that the rain starts early this year. Hopefully, we are going to commence the flood mitigation exercise by next week which will target mainly the slum areas like Kroo Bay, Susan Bay, among others,” Hassan-Kamara said.
She stated that they have implemented this project in most communities in the Municipality.
Memunatu Bangura, a house wife residing in the neighbourhood, said that what had happened was unfortunate as most of the dirt generated were emptied in the middle of the Bai Bureh Road. “This is as a result of poor disposal of waste especially in the Western Area,” she said
She pointed out that, if the FCC and by extension the Government will transform plastic waste into some other things, it will address the issue of sanitation in the municipality thereby mitigating flood.
A retired civil servant, James Caulker said that people residing in the hill tops areas should inculcate the idea of burning waste rather than dumping it in gutters.