THE Lagos State Government has warned owners of structures on drainage alignments and setbacks to relocate to higher grounds, adding that the heavy torrential rainfall of Monday, September 12, 2022, and Tuesday, September 13, 2022, have caused flash floods in many flood-prone areas in the state
The state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, gave this warning in a statement on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, declaring that many of such buildings have already been marked in Mende, Maryland, and Aboru in the Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA of Alimosho LGA for contraventions of drainage alignments and may soon be demolished.
In his words; “The buildings in Mende were marked as the area is a low-lying flood plain and a drainage route for all the water coming from Agidingbi, Oregun, Opebi, Allen, GRA, Maryland up to Ogudu Foreshore.
“Now is the time for residents of all such areas in the state to hearken to the voice of reason by relocating to higher grounds to safeguard lives and properties because these drainages can contain water run-off when the rain stops just as it is happening already.”
Bello also stated that the recent flash floods were caused by prolonged rainfall in the state.
“The heavy torrential rainfall which started in the early hours of Monday and continued on Tuesday afternoon has caused flash floods in many areas and I reiterate my assurance that a minimum of four hours after the rainfall ceases, the water level in the lagoon will go down, allowing water from major collectors to flow into it and enabling all flood water that may have inundated our roads and streets to leave the streets,” he added.