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Flood Ravages Lagos as Residents Get Fresh Danger Alert

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It was a black weekend in Lagos State following torrential rainfall that caused floods on residents and property with attendant loss of lives across the metropolis.

Panic gripped residents and motorists as heaven continued to open up its content on Lagos in the past few days leaving the state heavily flooded and sweeping away some residents to death.

Recall, earlier in March, 2022, Lagos State Government predicted a high intensity annual rainfall amount of 1,750mm with attendant socio-economic implications for residents.

However, the state government, urged residents not to panic at the presence of heavy rainfall as every arrangement had been put in place to ensure adequate protection of lives and property with expected flash flooding across the state.

Lagos State Government is set to enhance its “zero tolerance for potholes” campaign to reverse road failures that resurfaced as a result of the erosion of asphalt on some roads at the start of the rainy season.

The Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, spoke about the concept during a media chat, stating that the Public Works Corporation will fix inner roads and critical road networks already identified across Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos.

Adeyoye said: “Through the campaign, inner streets and critical road networks have been identified and will be fixed in order to make every part of Lagos motorable and liveable for the people”.

She explained that some major roads like Ijede and Oba Sekumade in Ikorodu are being rebuilt to prevent integrity issues on the infrastructure, which deteriorated in the past because fundamental issues were not addressed.

The Special Adviser maintained that the roads will be built in a sustainable manner to confront and resolve the problems identified with previous construction work along the axis.

Her words: “Over the years, whether because of the sideways capacity of the drainages, we did not do what we needed to do. Now, we have a deck-on-pile at Oba Sekumade, a lined canal to serve as drainage. We will do some form of urban regeneration and address areas that are already in a deplorable manner.

“I can tell you that roads are being fixed to ease connectivity, which shows that the government is working to improve the intra-modal transport system”.

On the Lekki-Epe expressway, Engr. Adeyoye averred that the corridor has witnessed massive development in the last ten years, explaining that the glitches experienced on the axis are a result of the failure of the pavement because there were no drainages.

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