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Residents groan under flooding as rain persists in Lagos

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By Monsur Olowoopejo

Lagos—As the rainfall continues unabated in Lagos, residents yesterday, lamented flooding of their areas which has ultimately affected vehicular movement in the state.

Mostly affected are residents of Lekki axis, who now have to navigate through pools of water as their roads are totally submerged by flooding.


Also experiencing flood are residents of the reclaimed Ilubinrin, Park View and Banana Islands said to have been submerged.

On the mainland, both sides of the Oshodi to Anthony through Oworonsoki areas particularly around UPS courier company where a couple was swept away by flood a few years back are again being threatened by massive flooding.

The rains that had continued in the past few days, led to gridlock on the Lekki-Epe Expressway, making vehicular movement on the ever busy road difficult.

It was learned that the failed portions of the roads also contribute to the flooding that has innundated the area.

Sources said since the cancellation of the Lekki-Epe Expressway concession by the state government, there had not been any prompt repairs of the road.

According to a resident, who identified himself as Chijioke; “With all the rain falling in Lagos, let’s channel some of this Lekki flood to the sea,” adding that this will help mitigate the flooding that had crippled business activities.

Another resident, Adewale Akintayo, lamented; “Our streets have turned into p‘River Nile’ to the extent that flood is flowing into our houses.”

“Activities of articulated trucks is another factor, So we are appealing to the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to direct the Lagos State Public Works Corporation, LSPWC, to do the necessary palliative on the road.”

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