Big Flood in Little Lagos

Yesterday could be summarized by one word – Wet. But I wouldn’t be doing a tenth of justice to Sunday the 10th of July 2011…the day Lagos was soaked in over 12 hours of non-stop torrential rainfall.

Apparently the heavens opened on the island in the early hours of the morning. By afternoon some of the streets were covered with over 3 feet of filthy water. Many homes were flooded, with tenants put under house arrest. Some cars lost their second-hand value as water got as high as the side windows in some cases. This rainfall stole the front page of all the local newspapers today and it was a stark reminder of Mother Nature’s awesome power (and sick sense of humor).

I decided to share some of the horrors of yesterday:

The sea-level has risen and so this as well as the poor drainage in some areas could account for this biblical flood (Where’s Noah’s ark when you need one?). In other news, sale of umbrellas, raincoats and wellies have skyrocketed overnight. That’s odd isn’t it 😉