An early morning downpour on Saturday in Lagos brought untold hardships to residents of Surulere, and parts of Lekki and Ajah, as some roads and household valuables were submerged in flood.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the torrential rainfall which started around 5:00am in parts of the metropolis left many roads and neighbourhoods flooded.
The flood water also swept some debris in its path, causing some drains and drainage channels to become blocked.
The flooding was noticeable after the rain in areas like Iyana-Ejigbo, NNPC Junction, Ejigbo, Lawanson, Surulere, Isolo Road Junction, Mushin, and at the foot of the Iganmu Interchange, on the Lagos/Badagry expressway.
Miss Mercy Eneli, a resident of Masha, in the Surulere Local Government Area, told the NAN that her entire street was flooded, while some residents watched helplessly as their household items floated in water.
Mr. Nelson Eta, who lives at Lawanson, also told NAN that the level of flooding at Ikate in the Itire area was above the knee.
“I walked from Lawanson to Masha and everywhere was absolutely flooded; people were scooping water and no one was really interested or talking about the election.
“My uncle’s house was also flooded, including the dogs’ shelter, which we have never witnessed before.
“We hope the in-coming council chairman and his councillors will work to resolve the drainage problems in this area,’’ he said.
NAN also observed that some residents of the flood-prone parts of Surulere were more concerned with the task of salvaging some of their submerged valuables, as some of the cars parked on the streets were affected, except those on elevated platforms.
At Lekki, a resident, Mrs. Comfort Wilson, told NAN that “although there is flooding in the area, it is not as serious as that of about two weeks ago, when canoes had to be deployed in some roads to help residents move around.”
NAN further reports that the rain delayed the congregation of voters at the various polling units for the 2017 council polls in Lagos State, where accreditation and voting were scheduled to commence simultaneously at 8:00am.(NAN)