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Mandaue City cleans up drainage along flood-prone road

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu, June 29 – The Mandaue City Government launched a project to declog the drainage along a major road in the city from Wednesday until Friday.

Architect Florentino Nimor Jr., chairman of the city’s drainage and storm water committee, said at least two trucks of garbage, mostly plastic, were collected from manholes along M. C. Briones Street in Mandaue City.

Nimor said personnel from the road maintenance section of the City Engineering Office removed trash from 30 manholes along M.C. Briones St., which is one of the identified flood-prone areas in the City.

Nimor, who is also head of the City Planning and Development Office, said the culverts along the road are small at 24 inches in diameter.

The garbage clogging up the culverts worsens the flood in the area.

Nimor said 80 percent of the garbage they collected was plastic.

Last Saturday, 100 sacks of plastic materials were removed from the Butuanon River in a cleanup drive organized by the Mandaue City Government.

Nimor said they have suggested that the barangays conduct cleanup drives regularly.

He said a few barangays have initiated such activities. He said the City Government will send its heavy equipment to help barangays open manholes.

Nimor earlier appealed to households and business establishments to help the city address floods by properly managing their wastes.

Early this year, city and barangays officials held a summit tackling the problem of flooding.

Nimor said the city has identified 54 flood-prone areas, 32 of which affect roads.

With the onset of the rainy season, the City Government is set to demolish structures along the creeks.

The demolition will affect some 3,700 families, but a few of them have already transferred to the city’s relocation site. (PNA) LAP/EB/bh

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