flood control along Oquendo Bridge
CHENZI MAY D. UY
May 26, 2020
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways has completed another flood
control structure along Oquendo Creek to support the abutment of
Oquendo Bridge, which runs via Lope de Vega route.
The structure is
320-linear-meters long and stands at a height of 2.66 meters.
Flood control management
is essential to protect the bridge from flood damage as well as to
preserve the riverbanks from erosion. Consequently, the flood
control structure also keeps the creek’s floodwaters away from the
people who have settled in the floodplain areas.
Oquendo Creek streams into
the Jibatang River, one of the two major river systems in the Samar
I district. According to Barangay Captain Jaime Y. Hernandez,
flooding is a perpetual problem in their village particularly in
areas near these bodies of water. A heavy rainfall event is enough
to overtop the creek and cause flooding.
The completed project has
an allotment of 45 million pesos from the General Appropriations Act