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Monday, December 13, 2010

DPWH Aklan to prioritize flood control projects
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Heavy rains flood parts of the town of Kalibo / PHOTO BY BOY RYAN ZABAL

KALIBO, Aklan - Flooding in the town of Kalibo will soon be a thing of the past as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) embarked on flood control projects next year.
DPWH Aklan District Engineer Roberto Cabigas said the town of Kalibo needs a long term solution to the flooding woes. He said the DPWH in coordination with the Municipal Engineer's Office and the Provincial Engineer's Office will fast-track the comprehensive drainage plan to minimize if not prevent the threat of flooding in low-lying areas.
"Early next year, we will embark on flood control projects to channel the volume of rainwaters to eventually mitigate flooding during heavy downpour and high tide," he said over DyRU Super Radyo over the weekend.
Cabigas said P100 million was also allocated from the President's Social Fund for the dredging of Aklan River, which was heavily affected by Typhoon Frank in June 2008. Almost 92 percent of the dredging activities for the river has been completed.
Residents went knee-deep flood waters and flooded various parts of Kalibo for days. Floodwaters due to continuous rains also affected the stretch of Crossing Rotanda up to Osmena Avenue and Quezon Avenue, Desposorio Maagma Street and portions of Toting Reyes Street.
It was noted that the present drainage system networks have been blamed for flooding in the town of Kalibo even during heavy downpour.

Gutter-deep floods are also being experienced in some villages, particularly in the areas of New Buswang, Andagao, Estancia and Caano.
To improve the drainage system, Cabigas said the DWPH Aklan will prioritize flood mitigation measures such as maintenance of provincial roads and improvement and creation of drainage system.

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