Lagos roads submerged by floods as heavy rain wreck havoc in Ogun

Lagos Roads submerged by floods as heavy rain wreck havoc in Ogun

Lagos and Ogun States have been engulfed by devastating floods following continuous heavy rainfall from Tuesday into Wednesday morning. The torrential downpours disrupted economic activities as major roads became impassable due to flooding.

In Lagos, critical routes including Oworonshoki, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ikeja, Alapere, Iyana-Oworo, Oshodi, Ile-epo, Abattoir, and Victoria Island were submerged, causing extensive traffic jams in the bustling commercial hub.

Similarly affected were communities in Epe, Eredo, Bogije, Labora, Abijon, Sangotedo, Awoyaya, and Ibeju-Lekki, where residents reported flooding in their neighborhoods.

Neighboring Ogun State also experienced severe flooding in areas like Sango, Ota, Alagbado, Atan, Oju-ore, and Lusada.

Residents, speaking to journalists, attributed the flooding to blocked waterways caused by indiscriminate waste disposal and encroachment on drainage systems.

Abayomi Rufai, a resident of Atan Ota, lamented the loss of properties worth millions of naira due to the floodwaters, blaming inadequate drainage infrastructure and illegal construction on drainage paths in his community.

He, however, urged the Ogun State government to rescue their community before things get out of hand.

Rufai said: “Currently, I can’t access my house. I have to rely on commercial motorcycles because the road leading to my house is currently cut off from the major road due to the flood. Governor Dapo Abiodun should come to our aid before it becomes too late.”

Rasheed Abayomi, a resident of the Labora area in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, expressed his distress over the flooding that inundated his house. He attributed the disaster to the absence of a functional drainage system in the new housing development where he resides. Abayomi described how water entered his home, causing damage to his belongings.

He said: “There is too much water flowing into my compound, the entire house is submerged.“I live in a new site where there is no drainage which makes the water run into residential homes, rendering us homeless because we can’t sleep inside the water.”

Seyi Arowosaye, another resident, expressed frustration over the recurring flooding along the Ibeju-Lekki Expressway, attributing it to blocked drains in the area.

Arowosaye urged the local government authorities in Ibeju-Lekki to prioritize clearing the drainages. He also appealed to residents to refrain from dumping waste in the drains, emphasizing that this practice exacerbates the flooding problem.

Additionally, Arowosaye called on the Lagos State Government to expedite the completion of road repairs in the Sangotedo area of Ibeju.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Bola Fadugba voiced her distress regarding the impact of the heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding in the Labora area.

Mrs Fadugba said: “I live in Labora but during the rainy season, I do relocate with my family to my younger sister’s house in the Eputu area.

“Flood has taken over my house due to lack of drainage in the environment.

“So many areas in the metropolis are also affected by flooding, the government should find a lasting solution to this perennial flooding challenge.”

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