Following a downpour in parts of Lagos and Ogun states, the Long Bridge end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was submerged, causing motorists and commuters to be stranded in the gridlock induced by the slow-paced movements of vehicles plying the bridge to navigate their destinations in the states.
One of the stranded motorists, who gave his name simply as Bakare, said the gridlock induced by the floodwater on the bridge made him spend hours on a journey that should have lasted minutes.
He said, “The gridlock was terrible; it was not easy because of the volume of the flood on the bridge which affected the movements of vehicles. The flood can damage vehicles and I saw some vehicles had broken down on the bridge.
“I encountered the gridlock on the bridge around 4pm on my way to work and I got out of it around 6.31pm. The flood was on the bridge because the openings to drain the flood had been blocked.”
In a trending video recorded by a yet-to-be-identified person plying the bridge on Monday, vehicles were seen moving at snail’s speed on the submerged bridge to avoid accidents.
In the video titled ‘Warning, Long Bridge is flooded, slow down’, our correspondent observed that the floodwater rose to the level of the barricades at both sides of the bridge, indicating that the bridge had no outlet to empty the floodwater occasioned by the torrential rainfall.