Ogun river dam: Lagos raises alarm over massive flooding

Ogun river dam: Lagos raises alarm over massive flooding

Ogun state government opened its Ogun river dam which resulted in massive flooding in its Lagos environs. However, Lagos State Government alerted its residents on the rise of sea water level; which caused the inability of the lagoon to discharge water into the ocean causing back flow into the drainage channels.

In a statement by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, the officials of the state are also working on different measures to remove the constriction and blockades; that would allow easy passage for the resultant flooding.

The state Government discussed with the officials of the Ogun Osun River Basin Authority which is releasing water to do so gradually.

He explained that the rise in sea level has contributed to current flooding in many parts of Ikoyi, V.I, Dolphin and Oworoshoki; because the lagoon can not discharge and causing back flow into drainage outlets.

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The commissioner said the officials of the Drainage department had expected it to go down by evening; but from the look of things now may last throughout the weekend.

Similarly, the Commissioner said the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Authority could no longer hold the Oyan dam; hence has been releasing its water causing rise in Ogun River. He said it affected low line areas like Isheri North and Magodo and up to Owode Onirin.

Bello said until the ocean level goes down, the lagoon cannot discharge water into the ocean; and causing back flow into all the drainage outlets in the state.

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