Uyo Residents Prepare For Flood

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There appears to be no immediate solution to the perennial flood problem in Uyo metropolis as the state government recently said it has put on hold the drainage control project aimed at checking flood in the city.

The Sensor reporter who visited some flood proned areas within Uyo city discovered that residents had put temporary flood control measures ahead of the expected rainfall this year.

A visit to IBB, Ukana Offot, Urua Ekpa, Asuquo Umoren close, Off Abak road, and adjoining streets along Atiku Abubakar shows that residents have dug deeps gutters to control the flood.

Some residents have also raised blocks in front of their houses to check flood while some tenants have relocated to other areas because of their past experiences.

State commissioner of works, Mr Ephraim Inyang had recently said the state government had suspended work on the drainage project for Uyo assuring however that government would provide remedial measures to check the situation this year.

My Inyang had explained that the earlier planned to provide a comprehensive flood control in Uyo was no longer feasible because of observed technical problems in the project.

The Sensor recalls that several houses in Uyo were submerged by flood during the rainy season because of poor drainage system in most of the areas.

For now, the 7.3km Nkemba – Afaha Oku underground drainage system, the pipe jacking drainage off Calabar – Itu highway in Itam and the Uruan – Eniong Offot underground drainage are not enough to control flood in Uyo city because of the topography of the land, according to town planners.

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