Residents of Aboru in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State on Monday woke up to count their losses caused by flood, following a heavy rain that lasted from Sunday night to early hours of Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as a result of the flood, many residents could not sleep in the night.
The residents stood in batches at the frontage of their houses and shops lamenting the havoc caused by the rain; while some were seen carrying belongings affected by the rain outside.
Many fences were pulled down, while the entire Aboru Road in Iyana-Ipaja was filled with mud and garbage swept to the area by the flood.
Many of the residents and shop owners who spoke with reporters linked the recurring flooding to the alleged abandoned bridge connecting Iyana-Ipaja to Aboru, saying the bridge was taking much water than it could.
According to them, whenever it rains, not only in the area but also in other places like Abule Egba and Abattoir in Agege, the water being channeled to the bridge affects residents of the area.
An elderly landlord, Mr. Solomon Egbodhoroma, said that the people in the area had been suffering because of the abandoned bridge.
He alleged that what the government constructed was a culvert and not a bridge.
“I could not sleep since 2 a.m. when the rain started because the water spilled over to the window level of my one storey building and pulled down my fence.
“Our challenge in Aboru road here is the canal that the government refuses to do. What is here is better described as a culvert not a bridge. Every year, we suffer a lot and lose property.
“The recurrent flood has sent away people in my ground floor as you can see. I have been restricted to the upstairs and every year, my house is always affected.
“The channelisation of over 35 drainage channels to this area is a problem we face, and the government has refused to correct it, even after the contract was said to have been awarded as far back as 2012.’’
The retired civil servant, who noted that he started living in the area in 1979, said that home owners had made efforts to fix the problem.
“We have also written to the state government and House of Assembly, but we have not received any response for them.
“After a series of letters, the government refused to answer us, we went there to protest and they promised to come, but they did not. We plead with the government to come and do this bridge.
“Where can I go from here at almost the age of 70? A lot of people have left after losing property. I have suffered enough,” he said.
Also, a septuagenarian landlord, Harryi Iduwe, urged the government to come to their aid by ensuring the construction of a standard bridge in the area that could withstand the volume of water channeled into it.
Iduwe, whose house was also flooded, said the canal had constituted untold hardship annually to residents.
“Any time it rains, we are in trouble, as water flows from the canal to all streets here. We call on the government to look at our afflictions,” he said.
A furniture maker, Mr. Gift Wejem, said that the flood did not only carry away a set of furniture and wood that were kept outside the shop, but also destroyed materials, machines and generator kept in the shop.
“The situation was not like this when I came in. The problem is flood and the increasing volume of water that is channeled here. The bridge we have here is not a bridge.
“So, since much water is expected to pass into it, it gets overwhelmed and water flows into nearby houses,” Wejem told NAN.
Another shop owner, Mr. Suleiman Adedokun, said: “This water is too much; i entered my shop and, as you can see, I have been removing the water since morning.
“Government should please come and do this canal, drains and road. It is long overdue. This road and drain must be raised to end our plight.”
As at about 11a.m., so many business owners, tenants and landlords are still busy evacuating water, refuse and mud the flood swept into their houses.