Oh no, not again! Talk about Monday blues and the the amazing speed at which Penampang gets flooded these days.
I was at the office when my son called around 4pm saying water from the river has reached downstairs. Never mind I thought – relatively, it’s usually a mere puddle the 2nd time.
How wrong I was.
When I finally left the office at 5.20pm after receiving a frantic phonecall from the wife a few minutes earlier saying the flood has returned, it was already raining … you guessed it right … cats and dogs.
It was a big mistake leaving the office at that time – I should left the office much earlier – it took me 90 minutes to reach my wife’s office on the other side of the city, where it should’ve taken 30 minutes at most, and during the best of times, less than 10 minutes.
Another tip is to switch on the radio to the local channel – they usually give updates on flood situations – I was in front of Sutera Harbour when the police went on the radio saying the road in front of Airport View Hotel was flooded – no wonder it’s jam packed on both roads from Kota Kinabalu city centre leading there!
Predictably, due to the delay caused by the traffic gridlock, I could not even reach my house – Inobong road was severely flooded – I think up to waist level at its peak sometime in the evening.
So we spent the night at my wife’s sister’s house near the river but on a hill.
I woke up early the next morning to survey the damage, and this among what I saw:
FRIGHTENING SIGHT: 6.13am: view of Moyog river from Penampang Proper near the bridge -it’s the same level as the road
WITHIN TOUCHING DISTANCE: 6.20am: the Moyog a mere few feet from the bridge
EXPENSIVE CARS ARE NOT EXEMPT: 7.44am: An upmarket SUV stranded on the roadside, Jalan Inobong
INSTANT CAMEL TROPHY TRACK: 7.50am: A Mitsubishi Pajero gingerly making its way in knee-high water on Jalan Inobong. I think last night it was at least waist-level at this spot.
IS THIS A ROAD OR A RIVER: 8.11am: partial view of a flooded 400m stretch of Jalan Inobong
FORCED TO TAKE NATURAL DISASTER LEAVE: 7.46am – yours truly giving thumbs-down while braving Jalan Inobong clad in office wear
To make the thrashing of my day complete, a colleague SMSed around midday to inform that a few rooms at the office were leaking. I think we really need to stock up on a used cisco or two, just in case…