Boats Take Over As Homes At Weija ‘Drown’ Under Water After Dam Spillage

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Boats Take Over As Homes At Weija 'Drown' Under Water After Dam Spillage
Boats Take Over As Homes At Weija 'Drown' Under Water After Dam Spillage

Africa-Press – Ghana. Like the floods of Accra that have become a perennial occurrence, residents of Weija have once again had to wake up to the devastating effects of the spillage of the Weija Dam by the Ghana Water Company Limited. The annual spillage of the dam is meant to release excess water from the dam. The maximum level of water the dam is built to hold is about 46 feet, but the level came up to 48 feet, thereby threatening its safety, hence the decision to spill. Residents have been forced to move around in canoes, as many houses have been completely submerged under the water. GhanaWeb has been to the area and has captured videos of the extent of damage caused after the spillage of the dam on Monday, October 3, 2022. Meanwhile, the management of the GWCL has assured the public that despite the challenges, it is in control and has put in measures to ameliorate the situation to minimize the impact on consumers. The management explained further, “the Weija dam is currently at a level of 49.5ft as against the maximum operating level of 48ft. Spillage normally begins when the level gets to 46.5ft. As a result, four (4) spill gates have been opened to safeguard the integrity of the dam, save the dam from collapse, and save lives and properties.”

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