Residents Lament Flooding In Elekahia. Steve Ekeke
The ravaging Flood that has been a frequent occurrence in Elekahia Community in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area has continued to inflict various damages to properties in the area.
Mallam Sanni Adamu, a dealer in scrap materials in the area in a chat with The Vortex lamented the damaging impact of the flood in the community.
The trader stated that he has lost over N.7m worth of goods to the ravaging floods.
Adamu said most of the goods packed in his shop were overtaken by the floods, adding that he has on his own spent huge amount of money in trying to provide passage for the flood.
He attributed the continued flooding of the streets in the area to the construction of houses and other structures in along waterways which he added has blocked the drains from moving into the canal.
“Sometimes I have to send my boys into the rain to open up the blocked drains, the Mallam lamented.
He noted that the construction of structures was has obstructed movement of water into the Ntawogba Creek, adding that the various appeals on the State Ministry of Urban development on the matter has not been responded to.
Mrs. Amaka Omejuru, a resident of Tasie Street in the area appealed for government intervention, explaining that the street often got flooded whenever it rained. She stated that most residents have lost valuables as a result of the flood.
Another resident, Akaninwo Amadi called for the de silting of the gutters to enable water move freely into the canal.
He lamented that the situation has forced many residents to relocate from the area for fear of being swept away by the floods.