Rains plunge Sekondi/Takoradi into darkness, submerge town under water
Many parts of the Sekondi/Takoradi twin-city have been submerged under water resulting in a total power outage due to two days of continuous rain in the regional capital.
The Power Distribution Service (PDS’) substation in Sekondi which supplies power to most parts of Takoradi, is flooded forcing the company to switch off its equipment to protect the facility.
Company officials are appealing to customers to stay calm, saying they were working with the Ghana National Fire Service to save the situation saying.
Management sources say the move is part of measures to protect life and property, and that the substation has been switched off till the situation is brought under control.
The flooding also resulted in heavy vehicular traffic, and in some cases resulted in the complete halt of vehicular movement.
The city authorities say some bridges and culverts in some communities have submerged while on the Atlantic Hotel and Shippers Roundabout, an uprooted tree blocked the road.
When the Graphic Online news team visited areas such as Kwame Nkrumah Roundabout towards West Tanokrom, the stretch entering the Paa Grant Roundabout leading to the Sekondi township remained choked.
The road from the Collins Avenue towards Mankessim White House was completely under water while many residents had to keep awake overnight scooping water from their rooms.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive and his team, the Regional Motor Traffic and Transport Unit Commander, Chief Superintendent R. Appiah were among those visiting the affected areas to ensure safety.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. K.K. Sam deployed stand-by teams and urged the public to call emergency lines to report areas that require urgent attention.
“While the PDS works to restore power, I am urging members of the public to be careful and call for help or call the police and Fire Service emergency lines. It’s dark everywhere and we need to be careful”, he said.