Kunle Adelabu & Mariam Akinloye
It was sad tales on the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2019, in various parts of Ikorodu Division, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria, as many residents woke up to see their apartments flooded and their properties submerged.
Many residents were also displaced by the heavy downpour as water kept flowing back to their apartments despite scooping them.
The rain which started around 4am, did not stop until evening with many areas across Ikorodu division heavily flooded.
The entire six councils of the division were heavily affected by the flood as many residents woke up to see their apartments flooded.
Among the areas affected were Alogba estate, Ebute-Iga, WAEC/ Ogboni area, Odofin in Igbogbo, especially the community behind the Igbogbo Central Mosque, Bayeku road, Agunfoye, Awobo, Olu – Odo, Lajo, Igbe, Odogunyan, Eyita, Eruwen and Agura/ Gberigbe axis among many other areas.
The helpless residents were forced to move their families to safety, leaving behind their properties in the flooded apartments.
Our reporter, who covered Igbogbo, reported that many affected residents took refuge in friends and co – tenants apartments located on upper floors within same building and other places in areas not affected by the flood.
Residents in communities along the Igbogbo – Bayeku road were also hit by the flood which flowed into their houses.
It was gathered that the rain caught them unaware as many of their properties floated on the water that took over their apartments.
Residents of Alogba estate at Zone B annex were also badly affected as they were seen salvaging what left of their properties from the flood.
They were seen bringing out their beds, chairs, television sets and other valuables on that Sunday.
Another area affected is Ultimate area after Raoni bus stop, along Ibeshe road.
The ancient town of Ebute – Iga in Ikorodu West LCDA also witnessed similar experience as many houses were flooded.
Residents of Eruwen in Ikorodu Local government also had similar tales to tell.
The entire WAEC/Ogboni area of Igbogbo were flooded as the homes of three traditional rulers and other notable personalities in the area were equally flooded.
Officials of the Ministry of Environment had, however, visited the area for impact assessment.
Many royal fathers, chiefs, and other public figures had also visited the area in solidarity with the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo and two other royal fathers affected by the flood.