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Photos, videos: As Lagos suffers terrible flood
Flooded Ozumba Mbadiwe on Lekki-Epe Expressway. The highrise building in the background is the new Civic Centre

Many parts of Lagos metropolis were locked down by traffic gridlock following a heavy rainfall today, perhaps the worst flood ever experienced in the Nigerian city of 30 million people.

The highbrow Lekki-Victoria Island axis was seriously affected with motorists spending up to six hours to escape the water-logged roads and expressway. Some homes in Victoria Garden City, estates around Chevron and Lekki One, were  flooded.

Photos, videos: As Lagos suffers terrible flood
water, water everywhere on Lekki Expressway

A motorist said he spent four and half hours from Alausa in Ikeja to reach Alimosho, a journey usually not more than 45 minutes on the Lagos Mainland.

On the Lekki-Expressway, the entire road was water-logged and traffic moved at a terribly snail-speed. Ahmadu Bello in Victoria Island that houses the popular Galleria was literally  forbidden to traffic as the flood water reached more than knee length. Video image about the popular street showed a man paddling a canoe from one side to the other.

Many motorists trapped in the Lekki-Ajah Road had to turn back, after many hours of being held in the slow traffic.

A female lawyer who had an appointment with a client in Victoria Island  spoke about how she left her home in Ajah at 9a.m. Six hours after, she was still at Lekki First Gate and had to call off the appointment.

“It is really a bad day for us in Lagos”, said the lawyer.

In a statement on Friday, the Lagos State government called on residents to observe extreme caution on the roads as torrential rain persists across the state.

While assuring the general public of the heavy deployment of environmental sanitation officers and emergency rescue teams, especially in flood-prone areas of the state, the government urged residents to stay indoors, either at home or in their places of work, whenever there is heavy downpour, except when the need to commute becomes necessary.

Warning that heavy downpour is expected for a few more weeks, the government solicited the support of citizens to desist from dumping refuse in the canals and gutters and observe safe and hygienic conducts at all times in order to reduce the effect of temporary flooding being recorded in some areas.

The government also urged residents to make use of emergency numbers in case of dire situations.

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Photos, videos: As Lagos suffers terrible flood

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