Several homes flood after irrigation dam spills at Dawhenya

Source The Ghana Report

Several homes in Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region have been flooded due to an irrigation dam spillage.

The flooding that started on Monday, November 27 has submerged about 200 homes especially those in Adotey.

Some affected residents who spoke to the media said that it is not the first time they have been troubled by flooding, but the latest occurrence is severe.

“In my electoral area, over 200 houses have been affected. The water is up to the window level. This is not the first. This year alone, this is the third time,” an Assemblyman in the area said.

The Scheme Manager for the Dawhenya Dam project, Samuel Tetteh, said the dam is designed to release any excess water automatically.

He attributed the spillover to the recent heavy rains upstream.

“The dam is built in such a way that when the water rises, it spills on its own which has been happening over the years. But this morning, what happened is from another stream that flows every two to three years. This stream comes from the Shai Hills area, adding to the dam’s stream and causing the flood, not from the main dam.

“Yes, the dam is still spilling. Normally depending on the rainfall upstream in the Dodowa areas, it can flood for about two to three days. We are not responsible for the dam,” he told Citi FM in an interview monitored by The Ghana Report.

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