Passengers and motorists who used the Takoradi-Agona-Nkwanta highway on Tuesday, June 21st had a tough time on the Apremdo-Apowa portion of the highway as heavy rainfall caused flooding and massive vehicular traffic on the stretch.
The development has left thousands of commuters stranded with many seeking refuge in nearby schools and shelters to pass the night.
There was a traffic buildup over at least a 15 kilometers stretch.
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The St. Mary’s Seminary portion of the highway got flooded, making vehicular movement difficult, with some of the vehicles overturning on the highway as they tried to manoeuvre in the flood.
Residents attributed the flooding to what they say is poor drainage along the road.
Some of the passengers and motorists who had to abandon their vehicles to walk in the flood complained bitterly about the situation.
They thus called for the drainage in the area to be fixed, as the problem had become perennial.
“This is bad. Look at what is going on here. We’ve been in floodwaters for over two hours; no one is able to move. The authorities should come and fix the drainage system in this area,” a stranded road user said.
However, no casualty has been recorded.
Workers and school children who lived nearby also abandoned their vehicles to walk home.
According to JoyNews’ Justice Baidoo, “I stuck in it for 5 hours and went back home,” cutting short his intended trip to Accra.
Also, industrial vehicles coming from the mining enclave of the region have also settled on the shoulders of the road leaving chaotic scenes.