By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
For the second time in eight days most civil servants in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State Wednesday shunned work to battle flood that invaded their homes.
This followed a heavy downpour Tuesday evening which submerged most part of the capital city.
Even the makeshift wooden bridges that were erected in some of the flood prune areas to enable residence access their homes were not spared as they were completely submerged by the rampaging rain water.
Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital is a vast stretch of low swampy land with several canals which could have served as natural drainages in the event of heavy rainfall.
But these natural outlets for excess flood have been blocked over the years due to the erection of structures on its right of way by land developers as well as construction of roads without recourse to carrying out comprehensive environmental impact assessment before embarking on the projects to determine the course of the water route.
No fewer than six hundred families including the Sun correspondent, Femi Folaranmi and the Reuters reporter Tife Owolabi were affected by the Tuesday deluge which submerged their homes and some of the newly constructed roads in the capital city.
Worst affected were settlements around the Erepa road, old PDP secretariat road and some part of Otiotio road in the Yenezue-Epie suburb, Foingha Jephath road, Kpansia and parts of the Biogbolo suburb of Yenagoa.
This reporter who went round the affected areas observed the large volume of water with several buildings submerged.
The owners of the affected buildings who are mostly civil servants were seen yesterday morning clearing the blocked drainages in their neighbourhood to create outlet for the trapped flood water.
While most civil servants who were forced to stay back by the development were seen scooping water from their living home others were using pumping machines to drain water away from their premises.
One of the affected persons who simply gave his name as Tarilah Dakore lamenting the seasonal problem said they are always apprehensive whenever the cloud sets in adding, “As you can see we are at the mercy of the element. Whenever there is heavy rainfall this what he experience. Families are subjected to untold hardship struggling to salvage their belongings and at the same troubled about the safety of their children and other dependants.”
He expressed fears that homes close to the bush could be invaded by dangerous reptiles and other wild animals.
Dakore like other affected victims pleaded with the state government to find a lasting solution to the perennial flood problem in the state capital.