Roads to avoid as heavy rains cause floods in Nairobi

Drivers attempting to drive through flooded Ojijo Road

Heavy morning rains in Nairobi on Thursday 15th March caused flash floods blocking roads and pedestrian passways.

Major streets and avenues in the capital were filled with floodwaters and commuters headed to work were left with no option but to wade through the waters even as the rain continued to pour.

Armed with umbrellas, commuters waded through the flooded roads

Some opted to remove their shoes as others paid to be carried on pull carts to cross the flooded passages.

The rains that started a little after 6am brought business into a standstill in the city with the most affected being traffic on the roads.

Commuters on a cart

According to reports, a number of roads were affected. They included Forest Road, Uhuru Highway, Globe Roundabout, Langa’ata Road, Ojijo Road, Mbagathi Road, Ngong Road, T-mall Roundabout, Juja Road and Ongata Rongai.

Floodwaters filled Uhuru Park and a section of Uhuru Highway

In the Central Business District (CBD), flooded roads included Kimathi Street, Ronald Ngala Street, Haile Selassie Avenue, Tom Mboya Street, Moi Avenue, Racecourse road, Kenyatta Avenue and Temple Road.

Tom Mboya Street was rendered impassible

On Friday, Meteorological Services Director Peter Ambenje warned people living in Nairobi to be on the lookout for flash floods, maintaining that the city may be treated again to scenes of impassable roads, flooded roundabouts, stranded commuters and long traffic jams.

Commuters exposed to danger as they hang on bridge rails to cross flooded Nairobi River at Racecourse Road
Westlands Road was not any better