3 DPWH projects to protect Aurora coastal villagers from flood

3 DPWH projects to protect Aurora coastal villagers from flood

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of three flood mitigation projects in coastal communities of Aurora province that will protect residents during typhoon season.

Engineer Roderick Andal, head of the DPWH-Aurora District Engineering Office, said on Friday the completed projects are worth PHP205.88 million. These are the 1,968-lineal meter concrete flood wall on steel sheet pile foundation along the Maria Aurora Main Creek, of which 1,055 lineal meters are situated in Maria Aurora town; 720 lineal meters in Barangay Umiray, Dingalan town; and 193 lineal meters in Dipaculao town.

“These structures will help reduce flooding in these coastal and river areas to a bare minimum. Above all, these projects will lessen the worries of residents who live near said bodies of water which tend to overflow or cause tidal flooding, especially during the typhoon season,” Andal said in a statement.

The project, he said also includes a six-meter-wide embankment, ramp and concrete stairs that residents and farmers can use as an access road.

The DPWH official said they are eyeing the implementation of more flood control projects in the province as “Aurora is a coastal province and there are flood-prone areas especially those in low-lying villages along its major rivers.”

In August last year, the DPWH completed three flood control projects worth PHP34.3 million in the villages of Sapangkawayan, Ditale and Borlongan, all in Dipaculao town. (PNA)

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