Lagos to construct retention pond to combat flooding

Lagos to construct pond to combat flooding

Lagos State government is constructing a pond to accommodate the massive floodwater that has been ravaging Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki axis of Lagos metropolis.

The pond which is being constructed at Sango-tedo is to act as a reservoir for the storm water during heavy rainfall.

Environment commissioner, Doctor Babatunde Adeyemi who made this known at the water technology and environment conference in Lagos, said water retained in the reservoir will be released into the Okota River after the stoppage of rains.

Adejare said, “This retention pond is essential as Lagos in recent times has been experiencing flash flooding due to the rise in the sea level and persistent rainfall.

“Flooding all over the world is rated as the second biggest  natural disasters. We will find a lasting solution to the issue of flooding in Lagos.

“Lagos has experienced 475mm of rainfall in the last seven days; the rain of July 8, which was 178mm was more than six months of rainfall in the city of California, USA.”

Also, former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deputy national chairman, Chief Bode George, asked Lagos State government to stop sand-filling of the Atlantic Ocean and lagoon to reduce flooding of the city.

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