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[Video] Residents of Lagos and Ogun States Battle Flood Following Early Morning Downpour - TELL Magazine

[Video] Residents of Lagos and Ogun States Battle Flood Following Early Morning Downpour

The rain which started at the wee hours of Wednesday, July 3, has disrupted daily activities of Lagosian and those living in the suburbs of Lagos State as floods took over many major roads both on the mainland and island.

The affected areas include Iyana-Oworo, Olopo Meji areas leading to the 3rd Mainland Bridge were completely flooded, causing heavy traffic that extended to Alapere. Also affected are Oshodi, Lekki, Ikeja, Egbeda, Gbagada and Ojo-Alaba-Trade Fair axis causing huge traffic and everywhere.

Many motorists spent hours to be able to turn back home while many stayed back home due to heavy downpour.

At the Trade Fair under the bridge, some hoodlums were collecting minimum of one hundred naira (₦100) from passersby to cross to the other side of the road because flood had taken over their routes. The hoodlums almost manhandled some of the women who complained about the extortion.

At the Oshodi under bridge, flood submerged many vehicles causing serious gridlock, the same as Ikeja and Egbeda.

At Lekki, most of the residents were not surprised. Flooding has been a recurring decimal, so it is believed to be expected as majority of the residential houses and major roads were taken over by floods.

Mudashir Idayat, a businesswoman around Surulere, lamented how the rain affected her business. She said “I know how much I make in a day, but it has affected virtually everything. Children couldn’t go to school and businesses are on standstill “

Mudashir Idayat
Mudashir Idayat

She then urged Lagos state government to take adequate measures to tackle this flood, adding that residents of Lagos too should desist from blocking the drainage.

“These are waterways not dustbins”, Mudashir advised

Lagos State government through Tokunbo Wahab, commissioner for environment and water resources reacted to the incident on his X handle, saying that the situation inward 3rd Mainland Bridge was flash flood that was expected to disappear within one to two hours after the rain.

“The Olopo Meji inward 3rd Mainland situation is a flash flood that is due to the high intensity of the rain, long duration rain coupled with high tidal lagoon level at the moment. Be rest assured it would go away in about 1-2 hours. As the high tidal level of the lagoon goes down, the rain / storm water will be able to discharge into the lagoon,” the commissioner said on X.

Lagos residents were not the only ones who bore the brunt of the heavy rain and flooding. Residents of neighbouring communities in Ogun State also had to contend with flooding. For instance, communities along the Sango-Agbado-Oke Aro-Olambe-Akute-Ojodu Berger Road had a hectic time wading through the flood to get to their houses or destinations. Many of them also had to scoop flood water out of their houses, while some deserted the houses completely because of the intensity of the flood while the rain was still on.

Similar experiences were recorded at Ijoko Ota, Sango Ota and adjoining areas. Residents resorted to recording videos and calling on Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State to come to help address what has become a perennial problem in the state, arising from the little attention paid to the development of the affected areas.

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