Many residents in the neighbourhood of Ado-Ekiti ,the Ekiti State capital were cut off fro the metropolis due to heavy downpour which lasted for over seven Sunday night .
The downpour which began around 10pm on Sunday night lasted till about 5,00 am on Monday.
Some buildings were submerged by flood while many access roads were also flooded thereby making it practically impossible for many civil servants and artisans to go out for their businesses.
Amongst the worst hit areas were Temidire Emirin community, as running water from Ureje River swelled and overflown the bank, thereby prevented students, civil servants and artisans from going to schools and places of work on Monday.
A resident of Temidire Emirin Community and victim of the flood, Mr. Jude Ajulo, said they were inside sleeping when the water suddenly surged into their residence around 2am, and submerged their property.
Ajulo revealed that the occupants of the three-bedroom bungalow had to run out when the water level was rising and threatening their lives.
He said: “This has been the occurrence every year. It happended in the same way few years ago before the administration of Mr Ayodele Fayose dredged Ureje River.
“The only way the government can help us is to redredge the river to be able to contain the running water coming down from Odo-Ado, Oshodi, Ilupeju Avenue to our community.
“It is sad that our property and lives were being threatened everytime we experience heavy downpour and this shouldn’t be allowed to continue”.
Another resident of Oshodi community, along Afao road, Mr Taiwo Osaleye, appealed to government to dredge the Elemi river that crosses the section to resolve the flood crisis .
“We have noticed that we always experience flooding anytime the Elemi River overflew its bank due to rising water level. The only thing that can bring permanent solution is for the government to help us expand the river bank, so that the safety of our lives and property can be guaranteed”.
The General Manager, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Olajide Borode, said the agency had started visiting the areas affected with intention to get first hand information on the extent of damage caused by flooding.
The SEMA boss said: “You all know that the government of Ekiti State is serious about disaster management policy. Safety of lives and property is a priority of the current government and we won’t joke with it.
“Our officials are presently visiting the areas affected, so that we can get the correct information that can guide government’s action in resolving the incident”.