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WEIJA DAM:"Opening Of Spillage Dam May Cause Flooding" - GWCL Warns Residents


Management of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has sent a strong warning to some residents living downstream the Weija Dam to relocate adding the opening of its spillage may cause flooding.


According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Stanley Martey the Weija Dam level has risen from 37ft to 47.9ft within two days adding that the company will begin spilling excess water from the Dam as part of routine measures to safeguard it.


In a communique signed by the PRO and sighted by Thinknewsonline.com, the PRO said "The safe operating level of the dam is 47ft. Like every dam, its safe operating levels are maintained to prevent it from possible collapse. Hence, the spillage"


He added that GWCL has begun a house to house sensitization and using public information address systems within the communities, to caution settlers and residents on the repercussions of their continuous stay within the buffer zone.


Mr. Martey further explained that opinion leaders, Chiefs, Assemblymen, Unit Committee leaders and Heads of schools have been informed to help in sensitizing the people in the communities.


GWCL says it is urging inhabitants living in communities downstream and along the buffer zone of the river course, to evacuate the area to forestall any eventualities and also to protect life and property.


Thinknewsonline.com is learning that GWCL will be liaising with institutions like National Security and NADMO to support the process to avoid disaster.


It is emerging that communities that are likely to be affected include; Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambros Salt, Lower McCarthy Hill, Lower Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kope, Tsokome and surrounding communities.


Property owners and residents in the area are therefore advised to evacuate or take immediate precautionary measures to protect life and property.


Below is a copy of the release:



Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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