Disaster in waiting: Tetegu residents trapped, live in fear as they battle cracked Weija Dam, spillage ahead of rainy season

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Residents of Tetegu, getting to the rainy season live in constant fear as they battle for their lives when their homes get flooded as a result of spillage from the Weija Dam.

Spillage by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is part of routine measures to protect the dam from bursting when it reaches its maximum threshold of 47ft, and it’s often done during the rainy season because of the rising level of water.

Communities such as Tetegu, Oblogo, Pambrose, Lower McCarthy Hill, Weija, Bojo Beach, Glefe, Opetekwei and Ada Kokpe are always submerged in water due to the spillage which destroys hundreds of properties.

However, what frightens residents of Tetegu most is the cracked Weija Dam that has been left unattended to for many years.

The dam built by the Kutu Acheampong regime in 1978 is a major national asset which serves as a water treatment and supply to about 80 percent of households in Accra.

In 2014, there were reports that the Weija Dam has started developing deep cracks but nothing was done about it.

Fast track to November 2019, further checks revealed that more portions of the structure have developed deep cracks. The five concrete water channels of the dam have visible cracks and the cracks can also be found beneath the channels.

Extra damage is found in one of the gates of the five concrete water channels of the dam that water spills through leaving the gate faulty and malfunctioning.

Now as Ghana heads towards the rainy season, two dangers lie ahead putting the lives of Tetegu residents at risk.

As they battle the constant water spillage by the GWCL, they however are not certain of their fate if the dam collapses one day.

One resident recalled how she saved her drowning son two years ago due to the spillage. The woman who was eight months pregnant then said she had to battle for her own life in an attempt to save her only son.

She and many other residents in the area claim they have nowhere to go and complain bitterly of how the spillage affects their lives and businesses, with the hardest-hit people being school children.

Residents claim there have been several calls to government to construct a drainage system in the area but that has proved futile.

Their greatest fear now is if the Weija Dam is left to deteriorate further, the facility structure will soon collapse, swamping hundreds of homes and carrying away countless lives and properties.

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