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An early morning rain in some parts of Lagos State on Tuesday caused flooding on major roads and premises causing motorists and traders to experience huge vehicular traffic.

Some of the motorists and traders who spoke with our correspondents attributed the flooded roads and pathways to the poor drainage system in the state.

The downpour also led to a heavy flow of water that our correspondents witnessed in many parts of Ikeja and Alimosho local government areas of the state.

At Ilupeju, noticed that the flood ravaged the major road connecting Oshodi to other places, affecting vehicular movement in the process.

 Due to the flood, our correspondent gathered that commuters found it difficult to navigate the impacted areas and vehicles drove slowly through the water, causing gridlock.

Some vehicles that broke down in the process further compounded the woes of the motorists.

Speaking with our correspondent, a trader identified simply as Iya Moshood, stated that the area’s inadequate drainage system was the reason for the flood and urged the state government to put in place a suitable drainage system to address the flooding.

“The rain fell heavily but the thing that surprised me was the way everywhere became flooded. I feel if there was proper drainage on this Ilupeju Road, it would have been better. All these companies here cannot even help the community around them to fix the drainage. There is only one good drainage system at the side of the road.

“The other side does not have good drainage. We can only appeal to the government to come to our aid because the flood will continue anytime there is rain.”

A motorist who gave his name simply as Abdulkareem, told our correspondent that the flood damaged his tricycle and feared that students could sustain injuries as a result of the flood.

“The weather has been hot since the beginning of this year. When I saw the rain, I was really happy but immediately the rain started falling, the whole area in no time became flooded and it affected so many things. My vehicle broke down for over two hours because of the flood. I have not been able to work and I have lost customers because of the flood.

“I blame the poor drainage system as well because it does not allow the water to move freely whenever there is a heavy rain. The set of people I pity most are the students at the nearby Grammar School because they were walking barefooted and anything could injure them on their legs at any moment.”

 Meanwhile, motorists in the Ikorodu Local Government Area of the state also counted their losses due to the flood in the area.

One of our correspondents who visited the area on Tuesday reported that many shops and houses were flooded due to the lack of a proper drainage system.

“The heavy flooding experienced today could have been avoided if the road drainage system was good. Something has to be done to fix the road drainage.”

A commuter, Divine Momodu, expressed her relief from the heat while expressing concerns about the flood

 “I felt relieved because the rain came to wash away the heat but the rain would hurt the traffic because it would cause erosion on some roads,” she said.

 For another resident, Emmanuel Ojei, “Whenever the rain falls around here, there is always flooding along Governor’s Road in Ikotun Bus Stop down to Lawal Bus Stop. Even a 20- minute long rain will cause a flood. The only good thing is that the flood doesn’t take much time to clear off after the rain stops. The government needs to provide proper drainage systems to combat the issue of flooding around here.”

 Residents of the Ayobo area of the state had a hectic time navigating their ways as a bridge through which they connect to their various destinations was submerged by the flood.

Our correspondent observed that the metals holding the bridge had caved in due to heavy flooding, causing pedestrians to fall into the water.

It however took the intervention of emergency responders who rescued the victims from the flood. Over 100 houses in the community were said to have been submerged by the flood, thereby preventing some of the residents from stepping out of their homes.

However, the Lagos State Coordinator, National Emergency Management Authority, Ibrahim Farinloye, on Tuesday, revealed that joint teams from the agency, the fire service, and the police were actively engaged in rescuing trapped individuals from the affected areas in the state.

“The residents of Command Area are urged to take alternative routes by avoiding Command and the near areas as floods have overrun the bridge.

“NEMA, fire service, and the police are working to get trapped people out of the area presently.”

When contacted, the Director of Media and Publicity of the Lagos State Ministry of Works, Shina Odunuga, told our correspondent to call him back and did not respond to the messages sent to him as of the time this report was filed.

“I am at a site, please call back,” he said.

In 2023, one person was feared killed as flood wreaked havoc at the Gate House, Gold Crescent, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation Bungalow Scheme, Oke Afa, Isolo, Lagos.

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