Flood control structure in Negros Occidental done by October

Published August 15, 2018, 8:29 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Betheena Kae Unite

A flood control structure that will protect the villages near Imbang River in Silay City, Negros Occidental will be completed on October this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

The P83.9-million river walls are being constructed on both sides of the 1.2-kilometer portion of Imbang River to mitigate river overflow and flooding during rainy season, according to District Engineer Jaime SJ Javellana of DPWH Negros Occidental First District Engineering Office.

Javellana said they are closely monitoring progress of work activities on the construction of the flood control structure.

The project, Javellana furthered, will mitigate flooding of at least four barangays in Silay City that are located near both banks of Imbang River.

“Flooding and erosion of river banks are perennial problems of the residents living beside Imbang River. They have long complained of sleepless nights whenever heavy rains occur,” the official said.

Once the project is completed, Javellana said, residents won’t have to deal with the devastation caused by spilling water from the river banks.

The river walls will also protect the embankment and approaches of Imbang Bridge which is among the vital bridges along Bacolod North Road in Silay City.