Drainage crisis looms in Gaborone

Floods on Gaborone roads
Floods on Gaborone roads

As this year’s rainy season is underway which has culminated in storm water flooding and disruption to people’s lives and businesses in the capital city, the Gaborone City Council (GCC) says it has plans in place to address the drainage crisis.

Last week residents of Gaborone took to social media platforms to condemn the city’s drainage system and pleaded for more long term solutions to regular issues caused by overflowing of storm drainage. The residents expressed concern that stagnant pools of water pose a risk to the public as the recent heavy rains left most residential areas drenched, bridges and roads destroyed as well as destruction to property.

However, addressing the matter, GCC town clerk, Lebuile Israel said the city’s storm water drainage is continuously maintained and plans are underway to solve the crisis. Israel conceded that the city experience serious challenges of flooding in both residential areas and public roads due to lack of proper drainage systems, which is consistently blocked by waste. He stated that efforts were made in the past by the GCC to construct storm water drainages in several streets across the city to channel water flow into Segoditshane stream which is the city’s main structure. “When it is raining water comes from Gabane side flowing heavily into Segoditshane that is consistently filled with garbage, trees and water reeds which block and disrupt the flow of water hence causing floods,” Israel said.

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