The affected communities in the Uvwie Local Government Area of the state include Alaka, GRA, Uti, Jakpa Road by the Ekpan General Hospital and Enerhen junction, while in the Warri South Local Government Area, Ginuwa by JJC, Mowoe Road, Igbi, Smart, Aghoghovbia, Arigbe, MRS Filling Station by the Warri/Sapele Road, Total Filling Station by the Airport Road and Fani Kayode on Okumagba Avenue, among others, were also submerged.
Many residents of the communities were sighted salvaging their household items.
Leaders of some of the affected communities have raised the alarm about the deplorable state of their environment, especially in the Uvwie and Warri South local government areas.
The President-General, Uvwie General Improvement Union, Chief Austin Ukuwrere; the President-General, Okere Urhobo Kingdom, Warri, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba; and the Oghwuvwie (traditional prime minister) of Otovwodo (Agbassa) community, Warri, Benson Obire, have sent a Save-Our-Soul message to the Warri/Uvwie Special Project Renewal Development Agency to come to the rescue of the affected areas.
Commenting on the development, Ukuwrere said but for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the situation would have been worse.
he said he appealed to the governor last year to construct drainages and he listened to the appeal and ensured the construction of drainage channels in some areas such as the PTI and Refinery roads in the Uvwie Local Government Area.
Ukuwrere advised the state Commissioner for Works to keep to an earlier promise on the construction of a canal from the Cane Wood Hotel area to the Ekpan River.
“The commissioner came to inspect the area. If the canal is constructed, it will solve the problem of flooding in that area,” he stated.
While commending the Chairman of the Uvwie Local Government Council, Ramson Onoyake, on his efforts in sanitation, Ukuwrere noted that some residents of the local government were still stubborn on issues of sanitation.
Okumagba appealed to the authorities concerned to urgently come to the rescue of residents of the affected areas in the Warri South Local Government Area, especially in the Okere Urhobo Kingdom.
Obire, who spoke on behalf of residents of the affected communities in Otovwodo (Agbassa) areas of Ginuwa and Mowoe, among others, observed that the blockage of natural waterways and drainages had contributed to flooding of the area, and appealed that a solid drainage system be constructed from Ginuwa through the Mowoe Road and Ukpokiti Street to the Agbassa River by the Bowen Avenue.