By Modupeola Sobukonla

Ogun State Government has issued flood alerts to residents highlighting that more than 23 communities are at risk of experiencing flash floods in view of the heavy rainfall predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET. 

The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya, who gave the warning at a news conference in Abeokuta warned the people against acts capable of hindering the free flow of water.

Mr Orekoya advised the residents to avoid erecting structures on waterways, illegal dredging of sand around streams, uncontrolled agricultural practices and non-adherence to travel advice during rainfall while urging those in flood-prone areas to relocate.

He explained that the State was expected to have two seasons of heavy rainfall this year, noting that some areas with prolonged impact in wetlands such as Isheri, Mowe, Kara and Ibafo were to experience coastal flooding from the tidal lock of the Ogun River by Lagos Lagoon due to natural rise in sea level and possible release of excessive water from the Oyan dam. 

In a reaction, the Managing Director, Ogun Oshun River Basin Development Authority, OORBDA, Mr Olufemi Odumosu said the organization would continue to work with relevant stakeholders to meet the challenges of flooding in Ogun and other neighbouring states, promising that residents would be duly informed ahead of time for the release of water from the dam.

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