The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has announced it will open the Weija spillway gates in the next few days, to safeguard the dam from possible damage or collapse
Communities that are likely to be affected include; Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambros Salt, Lower Mc Carthy Hill, Weija, Bojo Beach, Ada Kopey and other surrounding communitites.
GWCL has therefore warned Individuals, institutions, organisations and companies with properties on the downstream side of the dam to note, that the intended action may cause massive flooding along the lower course of the Densu River.
The Communications Manager for the company, Stanley Martey said “it is essential for Property owners and residents in the area to take immediate precautionary measures to protect life and property.
Every dam has a maximum operating level beyond which the safety of the dam is compromised. As a result, spill gates are opened to enable the excess water flow downstream. The excess water in most areas, especially Weija, poses a lot of danger to communities located downstream”.
Stanley Martey told Citi News that is in this vein that GWCL in collaboration with the various Municipal and District Assemblies, the National Disaster and Mobilisation Organisation (NADMO), and National Security, educate the general public on the essence of evacuating such communities to forestall any form of eventuality.
However, the GWCL said it has put in place various measures such as dredging some of the estuaries and tributaries to enable good flow of the excess water, but cannot guarantee the safety of people living in such areas.
By: Pearl Akanya Ofori /Citifmonline .com/Ghana