The Member Representing Isoko South 2 in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Ferguson Onwo, has inspected flood ravaged roads across the Constituency, with a call on federal and state government to dredge the Urie river in Igbide and other adjoining lakes to mitigate challenges of flooding in the area.
Hon Onwo made the call when he led a team of engineers from the State Ministry of Environment for on the spot assessment to ascertain the level of damage caused by the recent flooding in the localities.
The Lawmaker, Hon Ferguson Onwo touched by the level of damage on road infrastructure in his constituency by the rampaging flood, said dredging of Urie river and desilting of canals in the areas will ensure free flow of water and prevent water stagnation in low-lying and residential areas.
Hon Onwo stated that when the river is dredged, it will increase the carrying capacity of water and reduce flooding to the barest minimum.
He explained that good culverts and drainages were needed in the areas, particularly in Igbide, Olomoro and Umeh communities for free flow of water to collection points.
The Lawmaker who is the Chairman, House Committee on Housing, Women Affairs and Social Development, assured the people that immediate remediation work will be carried out to save affected roads from total collapse.
Hon Onwo restated his commitment to the wellbeing of constituents, saying that the constant visits to communities in Isoko South 2 was to keep abreast of happenings in the localities.
He regretted the devastation caused by the natural disaster, and advised the people to always place their safety above any other thing.
The Lawmaker assured that any government intervention in form of relief materials to victims of the flooding will sure get to those affected in the Constituency.
Some leaders from the affected communities who spoke during the inspection also reinstated the need for the dredging of Urie river, as well as expansion of existing culverts.
The leaders also told the government officials that construction of new culverts in strategic locations in the communities as well as desiltation of canals was the only way out of ravaging flood in the area.
They thanked Hon Ferguson Onwo for the quick response in tackling the flood to prevent future occurrence.