Some residents at the Adabraka Sahara Odorna Electoral Area in Accra have commended city and political authorities for working to solve the usual floods that come with heavy downpours in the area.
The residents unlike the usual complain to the city and political authorities anytime it rains, said they are happy that an 8-hour downpour that began yesterday and ended Friday morning did not result in flooding.
According to them, the area always gets flooded with the least rain and were in anticipation that the night long downpour would have resulted in serious floods.
The Odorna area in particular, home to a number of garages and artisans and a thriving market, is low-lying and therefore prone to floods. Many lives have perished in this regard in recent years.
Mr Gado Musah, a resident in an interview with Graphic Online thanked the government, member of parliament and city authorities for the work they have done here, adding that we are happy that there is no flood here. Even two-hour rains result in floods in this area but in spite of the many hours of rains yesterday, we didn’t get any flood.
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Richard Anim, a taxi driver and resident said he appreciates the city authorities for the absence of floods in the Adabraka Sahara Odorna Electoral Area.
He said usually those in the southern part of Odorna area are always the worse affected victims anytime there are floods, but nobody in the area was affected this time around.
He, however, appealed to the government to speed up the construction of an ongoing drainage system in the area so that when the heavy rains set in in June, there wouldn’t be any floods.
Mr Gideon Nyanpon, a resident also reiterated his delight that in spite of the long hours the rains lasted, no property or lives have been affected.
He said he did not sleep when the rains started and went round to check the situation so that should anyone be affected, the person could be given the needed assistance.
According to him, following the demise of his three friends to the tragic June 3 disaster that claimed over 150 lives in 2015, he had taken it upon himself to monitor floods and rains in the area and offer the needed assistance to would-be victims.
Mr Nyanpon was of the view that the floods did not occur because of the ongoing construction of a drainage system in the area and regular desilting of existing drains.
A garage owner and resident, Joseph Kwofi, for his part, said although the area did not get flooded, there were few pools of rainwater gathered in people’s homes as the water could not join the main drainage due to the ongoing drainage construction in the area.
He has therefore appealed to the contractors to speed up work on the drainage so that there would not be water gathering in people’s homes after heavy downpours.