CEO starts drainage, canal cleanup as rainy spell nears PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:40

By VIC LARATO

Maintenance personnel of the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) started cleaning up since Monday the city’s main drainage systems and canals in the downtown area in preparation for the wet or rainy season.

City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo said yesterday he ordered his men from the maintenance division to clean up the drainage system particularly along Pilar St. downtown as the entire stretch was quickly flooded following Monday afternoon’s brief but heavy downpour.

Despalo said Pilar St. is one of the low-lying areas downtown that easily gets flooded when it rains, but he explained that Monday’s flood in the area was a result of the sand and gravel materials piled up alongside the road.

“The rain swept the sand into the drainage, thus blocking the waterway and caused the flood,” the city engineer said, adding that the sand materials are being used for the road construction projects thereat under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Reconstruction and Recovery (?3R) Plan.

Nevertheless, Despalo stressed that the cleanup and dredging of wastes from the drainage and canals downtown will have to be done this time of the dry season as the rainy days are coming early or late next month or June.

“We are preparing for the rainy days because Pilar St and the surrounding low-lying are normally flooded when it rains,” Despalo said. — Vic Larato