How LASG Is Dealing With Flooding on the Mainland

Flood in Surulere

INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello has disclosed that many of the structures in Mende, Maryland, and Aboru areas in the Alimosho axis of Lagos Mainland have been marked for demolition for disregarding drainage alignments.

Bello claimed that heavy rain was to blame for the current severe flooding in the state.

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 runoff when the rain stops just as it is happening already.”

“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.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has urged all property owners with buildings on drainage alignments and obstacles to move to “higher grounds.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu laid the concern for the floods on “the heavy torrential rainfall which started in the early hours of Monday and continued on Tuesday afternoon noting that they were only “flash floods in many areas.”

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