Flooded Delta communities cry for help

Some communities in the Uvwie and Warri South local government areas of Delta State have continued to remain waterlogged days after the torrential rainfall in the areas subsided.

The affected areas include Passengers’ Pavilion at Enerhen junction, Christ Street (also known as Unuevworo R’Alegbo Road), Alaka Quarter and PTI Road by Masodje, among others, in the Uvwie Local Government Area, while in the Warri South Local Government Area, the affected communities are Ginuwa Road by JJC, Mowoe Road by Igbi Street and Yoruba Road, among others.

Some residents, who spoke with our correspondent on the issue, called on the Warri, Uvwie and Environs Development Agency to take advantage of the break in rainfall to solve the flooding problem in the affected communities.

A commercial tricyclist, Maxwell Okon, noted that the waterlogged Enerhen junction was a major gateway to both local government areas and was the place where most interstate commercial transport operators’ parks were located.

“The situation portrays a very poor image of the two local government areas and indeed Delta State to a first-time visitor,” Okon said.

The spokesperson for the Alegbo Traditional Administrative Unit, Chief Hope Akasa, complained that the situation in the area had made his residence to become inaccessible to people.

He stated, “The health centre and primary and nursery schools as well as churches on the street are no go areas many days after the rain subsided.

“This is what we experience during the rainy season. So, the government should urgently come to our aid.”

Also commenting on the development, the Usawre of the Alegbo Traditional Administrative Unit, Chief Kenneth Okowhe, who resides in the Alaka Quarter, Effurun, explained that flooding was posing a serious menace to residents and making their stay in the area very uncomfortable.

He said an official of Warri, Uvwie and Environs Development Agency told him that construction of drainage channels in the area would solve this problem.

Okowhe appealed to the agency to facilitate the project.

Similarly, a concerned resident of Ginuwa Road in the Warri South Local Government Area, Joshua Akpobor, stated that Ginuwa by JJC was a major axial road to the Warri/Sapele Road with heavy traffic volume.

“So, it will be unfair to motorists and residents if the flooding problem is left unresolved by the authorities concerned,” Akpobor stated.

Dele Ogunyemi, Punch