Some communities in Lagos State are currently in darkness as a result of the flood which damaged two feeders belonging to the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) following a heavy rainfall in the early morning of Friday, September 24, and which forced the company to shut down the two feeders in one of the injection substations.
The rain, which started as early as 4:00 a.m., caused the entire substation to become flooded, leading to damage to FESTAC 1 and FESTAC 2 33KV feeders that require urgent shutdown in order for engineers of the company to carry out maintenance work.
The entire area of the substation was totally flooded after the rainfall with rain water entering the substation from the gate to inside the feeders supplying power to some communities in the area.
The flooded substation. (PHOTO CREDIT: EKEDC website)
It was gathered that among the areas that will be affected by the power shutdown were Shibiri, Etegbin, Jakande, LASU, Alaba, Aka Road, Iba, Ojo, FESTAC and other areas while the day power will be restored in the area is yet unknown.
In fact, the company, shortly after discovering the flooded feeders and the entire substation, had to quickly issue a statement over the incident on its website, informing its customers of the development while also assuring that its engineers are making efforts to work on the feeders.
Part of the statement by the EEDC reads: "Dear customer, we regret to inform you of our decision to shut down the FESTAC 1 and FESTAC 2 33KV feeders in order to carry out maintenance work caused by flooding in one of our injection substations.
"Affected areas are Shibiri, Etegbin, Jakande, LASU, Alaba, Aka Road, Iba, Ojo, FESTAC and environs.
"Our engineers are working on a quick resolution and be rest assured that power will be restored as soon as the maintenance is completed."
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