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LASG Advises Residents Around Low Line Areas to Relocate As Water Table Rises

Posted: Jun 23, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

While assuring residents that she will not relent until the zero tolerance target of flooding is attained in the state, Lagos government has advised residents living in low line (flood plains) areas to relocate as water table rises due to high intensity of rainfall.

In a chat with journalists recently, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Ayodeji Adenekan explained that it has been raining since March, hence, increasing the water level of the lagoons and rivers, resulting in backflow into adjoining low line areas and making it difficult for various channels and drains to discharge.

The Permanent Secretary therefore advised those living around Ajegunle, Owode-Onirin, Owode Elelede, Kuramo beach, Alpha beach, Okun-Mapo, Ijora Badia, Iwaya, Okun Ajah, Mende-Maryland and other low line areas to be extremely careful as they may need to vacate their residence temporarily once they notice gradual accumulation of rising water and move to higher grounds.

This advice, he promised, will be re-echoed at intervals as the state is not ready to lose any life during the rainy period.

Adenekan also disclosed that people living in low line areas are vulnerable to flooding because the low line areas are natural flood plains which ought not to be converted to residential abode.

He further noted: “As the intensity of the rain increases, Lagosians are advised not to panic whenever it rains as they will start to experience accumulated water concentration in some parts of the roads and highways. However, the accumulated water will recede in no time.

“Be safety conscious and take some measures such as: avoid going out when its raining except when it is absolutely necessary; do not over speed while driving and ensure your vehicles are in good condition; avoid driving through flooded areas as it might be difficult to ascertain depth; and plan your journey before going out and avoid unnecessary outing.”