By NITZ ARANCON
CITY Mayor Oscar Moreno has called on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-10) to hasten the on going construction of the city’s main drainage system.
This, after the city experienced massive flooding on July 10 brought about by a localized thunderstorm.
The areas flooded that day were CM Recto Avenue, Villarin Street in Barangay Carmen, the entire stretch of the national highway along Barangay Kauswagan, and other low-lying areas of the city.
“Kana lang Bitan-ag Creek, walay undang atong de-clogging diha pero human nato’g hakot sa mga basura taod-taod naa na sad. So, mao nang pag-ulan magbaha gyud,” Moreno said.
Moreno clarified that the city has a master drainage plan but the construction of which is still ongoing.
He added that the drainage construction sites that are on the works are at the Double Sapang Creek in Kauswagan highway (from S and R to Marcos Bridge), Gumamela-Villarin drainage in Carmen, Bitan-ag Creek (from Pure Gold national highway to Macajalar Bay, and the Kolambog-Lapasan Creek.
Moreno said it can’t be helped if the city suffers from flooding every time there is a heavy downpour since DPWH-10 has yet to finish constructing the drainage system of the city.
He said the DPWH-10 is also constructing a river control system which starts at the estuary of Cagayan River and ends up at Taguanao Bridge in Barangay Indahag.