1920’s East Africa– “THE BIG FLOOD”
Thanks for being patient and waiting a day for the blog to show. I spent the weekend in lovely Tucson at the Festival of Books and Monday on airplanes coming home.
Last week’s blog mentioned excessive rains in 1922 but that was just the beginning. They went on long and hard that season.
The Fort Hall Road, leading north out of Ruiru (where the electrical generator flumes were) was closed, being entirely under water. It was an unheard of event leaving a “huge rushing muddy torrent” where there was once a road. With the torrent came the usual damage as “by reason of a gigantic washaway, the road bridge over the Theta Swamp at mile 20 has been washed away completely.”
The change went beyond losing a bridge. They lost the swamp. “A permanent change has occurred in the course of the Theta River at that point.” There was always a large swamp on the river, “many miles long and a quarter to a half a mile broad. The whole area is one mass of papyrus.” The swamp had existed since before 1905 when the engineers forded it to map the road and bridges, but within a few days of the swelling rains, whatever clogged the river at the lower end gave way. “Millions of cubic feet of water, held up on the papyrus sudd (floating masses of weeds and reeds) were drawn out at a very rapid rate.”
Next week, pictures and the damage.
(text taken from The Leader of British East Africa, April 29, 1922)
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