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Police boss blames yesterday's flooding, CBD gridlock on poor drainage

10 March 2016, 09:36 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Hundreds of commuters and motorists in Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) were stuck in traffic jams following a heavy downpour.

The rains that lasted for slightly over an hour Wednesday afternoon also led to the flooding of the city streets and major roads.

Members of the public who were leaving their work places could be seen wading in flood water as they moved from one street to the other.

A spot check by News24 on the major CBD Roads like Kenyatta and Moi Avenue, City Hall Way, Biashara and Koinange Streets and Parliament Road among others, established there was a huge gridlock.

Aggrey Adiko, a driver working for a private organization that has offices at the CBD and who was going to pick staff members at Milimani Court said he was forced to drive back because of the massive jam.

Read Also: Flooding in Nairobi CBD as rains cause havoc

"I spent over one hour at Market Street that is less than 500 metres. I could not continue with the journey to Milimani because of the rains that brought traffic to a complete stand-still," explained Adika.

Nairobi Traffic Commandant, Leonard Katana confirmed that most roads and highways leading to and out of the city were flooded as a result of the heavy rains. He blamed the flooding on poor drainage of the roads in the city.

"The poor drainage system was the cause of flooding, as it blocked the flow of rain water. This led to a nasty traffic snarl-up," he said.

The traffic police boss added that a tree fell on Valley Road, further leading to more traffic jam as it blocked one section of the busy road and inconveniencing motorists for several hours.

"We called Fire brigade personnel from the Nairobi City County government who cut the tree and took it off the road, bringing traffic to normal," explained Katana.

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