By Betheena Unite
A retaining wall that would spare residents and properties from the dangers of flood will be constructed in Calbayog City, Samar this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
The flood-control structure will be built to protect the community near the Tinambacan River in Calbayog City when it overflows, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.
It is an P80-million flood control project measuring 634 lineal meters, according to DPWH-Samar First District Engineering Office (DEO) chief Alvin Ignacio.
It will help decrease water levels rising in the low-lying areas of the city brought by overflowing of Tinambacan River, Ignacio added.
“It is our priority to protect lives and properties which are greatly affected by the occurrences of flood due to continuous heavy rains during typhoon season. With the construction of retaining walls, we prevent floodwater from affecting residential communities,” said Ignacio.
The project in Tinambacan River is one of the two major flood control projects that will be implemented along major river channels of Calbayog City this year.
The other project will be constructed along Jibatang River with a P71-million budget, DPWH disclosed.
DPWH Samar First DEO is tasked to implement a total of P671-million flood control projects this year. This is P151 million higher than the P520 million budget last year, it added.